River traffic is halted near St. Louis after a vessel struck a lock and dam. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the accident happened around 5 a.m.tdoay at Lock and Dam 27 near Granite City. No one was hurt but the lock and dam was damaged, forcing closure of the structure. Officials did not have information about what type of vessel collided with the lock and dam. By late afternoon, 11 southbound and five northbound tows with a combined 87 barges were waiting to get through. It wasn't immediately clear when the lock and dam would reopen.
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