Two chemical tankers collided in the Gulf of Mexico  early Wednesday about 70 miles south of Galveston, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials. Both vessels were en route to Houston at the time of the crash.

The Chem Sea, a 385-foot tanker, and Bow Kiso, a 557-foot tanker, collided about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The double-hulled Bow Kiso, a Panama-flagged vessel, suffered a fuel leak in its engine room that crews were able to quickly patch.

The Coast Guard dispatched crews from Houston and Corpus Christi to assess the damage and investigate the cause of the accident.

The Jones Act attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers  represent seamen who have been injured in maritime accidents, including vessel collisions.