Derelict barge aground in Columbia River



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers are assessing a derelict barge that broke away from a mooring Sunday near The Dalles Dam and went aground in the Columbia River east of the Hood River Bridge near Lyle, Wash.

The Coast Guard says the barge was recently inspected and is free of hazardous material. There is no pollution threat.

Contractors secured the barge just before midnight Sunday. The Coast Guard plans to have the barge towed away from the navigation channel.