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Mississippi River / Boat Collision #242976

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1976
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(Studio) One of worst accidents in Mississippi River history happened in predawn hrs. this morning just above New Orleans, Louisiana. Norwegian cargo boat rammed into ferry crossing river; details noted. (Photos shown.)
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Details of collision cited. [Survivor Chas. CHATELAINE - describes what happened to him after cargo boat hit.] [Survivor Erwin BLUE - tells how he escaped and says friend he was with was lost.] No fault has been lodged prior to thorough investigation but some survivors say they feel ferry operator, who's believed dead, misjudged distance in passing tanker's bow. [Survivor Kenneth BAGNEL - says ship sounded warning, but he feels operator tried to outrace ship.] Coast Guard recovery operations noted.
REPORTER: Tony Sargent (WWL-TV newsfilm)

Cronkite, Walter

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