Barge leaks gasoline product in Houston Ship Channel after collision

A tanker ship collided with two barges in the Houston Ship Channel on Friday afternoon May 10, 2019. Screen shot: ABC 13

May 11 (UPI) — A tanker ship collided with two barges in the Houston Ship Channel on Friday afternoon, causing at least one of the vessels to leak a chemical used in the creation of gasoline, officials said.

The collision caused one of the barges to sink and put a hole in the other. The second barge leaked reformate — a product mixed with gasoline before it is sold — into the water. Both barges were carrying about 25,000 barrels of the chemical.

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Port of Houston spokeswoman Lisa Ashley said reformate is a Category 1 flammable that is dangerous to aquatic life.

Officials shut down the ship channel. Residents in towns near the channel reported a strong gasoline smell in the region.

There have been no reports of injuries associated with the collision.

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