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Barge Worker Injured

A barge deckhand in Illinois was injured Monday afternoon after a line broke at Lock and Dam 13 located on the upper Mississippi above the city of Fulton.

The Lockmaster John Mueller who confirmed that around 4 p.m. on Monday, a 1 1/2-inch-diameter barge line broke and hit a deckhand in the head, knocking him down. Other deckhands and crewmembers were able to secure other barge lines and stop the barges from moving, and were able to quickly call an ambulance for the injured worker.

The name of the injured barge worker has not been released however the Clinton Herald was able to confirm that the injured man is at Iowa City Hospital with non-critical injuries.

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