Barge overturns on Mississippi River; 2 missing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say a barge capsized on the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and that two people who fell into the water are missing.

The barge overturned Tuesday at a shipping terminal near Blytheville, which is about 60 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.

Richard Wheatley, a spokesman for the Houston-based company that owns the terminal, Kinder Morgan, says the barge was being unloaded when it capsized.

The Coast Guard is searching the river for two people who fell into the water. The missing people’s names weren’t released.

Coast Guard Lt. Brandon McMillan says the barge was carrying steel coils, and that he doesn’t know if anything that fell into the river poses an environmental concern.

Wheatley says Kinder Morgan doesn’t own or operate the barge. He declined to say who does.