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(WMC-TV) - A major clean up effort is underway after a railroad bridge was hit by an oil barge. Oil is leaking into the Mississippi River as a result of the collision.

Traffic on the river stopped in the area of the spill. It is closed eight miles in each direction. The mystery now is how much oil has leaked.

At this time, the U.S. Coast Guard is working to prevent the spill from spreading.

"Right now, we are working primarily on that crude oil tank that had the leak, attempting to remove the crude oil from that particular tank," said Commander Mike Block, U.S. Coast Guard.

The barge was holding 80,000 gallons of oil. An oil sheen has been reported three miles down the river from the accident. Booms have been set out to absorb what has leaked.

Commander Block explained what is next for the coast guard.

"Moving the barges and or removing all the product off those damaged barges."

The coast guard reports it is too early to know the environmental concerns following the spill

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