Charges filed in ship canal explosion

January 13, 2010 7:28:58 PM PST
Federal charges have been filed in the deadly ship canal explosion and oil spill that happened five years ago.In January of 2005, a barge was transporting about 600,000 gallons of oil from Joliet to Chicago when it exploded. Crewman Alexander Oliva was killed.

The use of an open flame near the vented vapors allegedly caused the explosion.

Dennis Egan and his company --which operated the barge --were charged with negligence by a ship owner resulting in death -- and causing oil to pollute a navigable waterway.