Two ships collide in Newark Bay

January 24, 2008 5:03:32 PM PST
A 669-foot ship carrying orange juice collided Thursday with a dredging vessel in Newark Bay.No one was injured in collision, but a small amount of hydraulic fluid leaked into the frigid waters.

The freighter, called the Orange Sun, and a dredging vessel carrying seven people collided just before 2 p.m. A third vessel got out of the way just in time, said Coast Guard spokesman Seth Johnson.

As a precaution, five people were evacuated from the dredging vessel, which was taking on water, and two remained on board, officials said.

The Orange Sun was on its way to a nearby pier, being escorted by two tug boats, at the time of the collision, Johnson said.

Newark Bay was closed indefinitely.