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Waterloo man dies in barge accident

KENOVA, W.Va. — A Marathon Petroleum LLC barge worker drown in the Ohio River early this morning.

The worker, who is 25 from Waterloo, was working to untie a barge from a tow boat when the accident happened.

“He was on a tow boat and it was basically untying it from the barge,” according to Matthew Sisco, of the Kenova Police Department. “One (line) was overlooked. As the tow boat pulled away, this gentleman noticed there was still one line. He ran up to it. The boat jerked and threw him overboard.”

The Kenova police got the call at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s name at this time.

“We did have a tragic accident that occurred this morning that resulted in the death of one of our employees.” Anglia Graves, Marathon spokesperson, said. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the family. At this time we are not releasing the name. We want to make sure notifications are made before releasing it.”