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CANNELTON, Ind. - Authorities say a crew member on a barge died after it hit the wall of an Ohio River lock and he fell into the water.

Indiana conservation officers say 43-year-old James Gamblin of Paducah, Ky., was working Monday night on the Ganis R. Brewer Barge when the vessel struck a wall at the Cannelton Locks and Dam near Cannelton, Ind. The impact caused the vessel's barges to separate and Gamblin fell into the river about midway between Evansville and Louisville, Ky.

Gamblin was wearing a life jacket and his body was found in a debris pile near the locks. An autopsy is planned to determine whether he died of injuries from the fall or drowned.

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