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Arkansas River Barge Stranded

A barge became stuck on the Arkansas River between Fort Smith and Van Buren on Tuesday, causing a temporary obstruction. According to a spokesperson from the U.S. Coast Guard, the barge was stuck at mile marker 296, near Lock and Dam 13. Despite the setback, crews were able to free the barge and were working to get it moving again by 5 p.m.

The barge was reportedly en route to New Orleans and was carrying wheat, as confirmed by Marty Shell, the president of Five Rivers Distribution. It was uncertain whether the barge would continue its journey to New Orleans following the delay. The incident did not result in any major damage or environmental impact.

The temporary obstruction on the Arkansas River underscored the challenges inherent in the transportation of goods via waterways. Such incidents can lead to logistical disruptions and impact supply chains, especially for cargo destined for other regions. Nevertheless, prompt action by the Coast Guard and the efforts of the crew helped resolve the situation efficiently.

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