Oil Barge Explosion Off Texas Kills One



On Friday, officials said that at least one person has been killed, with at least one injured, after an oil barge pulled by a tug boat caught on fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials said that the barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred. An Emergency Management Coordinator said that six of the eight crew members were rescued and did not suffer any serious injuries. The Coast Guard said that there are “reports of some oil in the water.”

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