Houston Ship Channel remains partially closed after collision and leak

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HOUSTON – After two 600-foot ships collided in foggy weather on Monday, a four-six mile stretch of the Houston Ship Channel remains closed.

“There are two principal concerns with this cargo, the first is flammability... and second is toxicity,” says Coast Guard Captain Brian Penoyer.

Crews are working to clean-up the "extremely volatile" gasoline additive that leaked out, but Captain Penoyer says early monitoring has shown the problem to be pretty much contained.

“This an extremely favorable development which indicates to us that the danger to the public ... is virtually nil,” he says.

The Coast Guard’s main concern is making sure residents are work crews are safe. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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