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Another Barge Sank In The Chicago River

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 17, 2014 10:30PM

The score between the Chicago River and construction barges this year is now 2-0 in favor of the river after another barge took on water and sank Friday afternoon. It's the second barge in four months to sink in the river.

The barge began to sink around 12:35 p.m. near 160 N. Riverside Plaza. Owned by Clark Construction, the barge was being used for private work and not work commissioned by the city. The Chicago Police Department's marine unit responded and reported no injuries. Houston resident Charles Huete, who was aboard a Chicago Architecture Foundation riverboat cruis as the barge sank, said it "appeared to be split in the middle and sinking at both ends." No injuries were reported.

Another construction barge owned by Walsh Construction commissioned to to work on the Riverwalk sank in the river in July.