Massachusetts Speed Boat Crash leaves one man dead, one critical

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Massachusetts Speed Boat Crash leaves one man dead, one critical
Massachusetts Speed Boat Crash leaves one man dead, one critical

A Maine man is in critical condition at a Rhode Island hospital after a fatal crash involving three boats Saturday on a pond in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The fatal crash occurred during the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta on Watson’s Pond, which is located at 1644 Bay St., at about 1 p.m. this afternoon.

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Taunton Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw said the department’s dive team was on the scene of the race when a boat spun out at about 65 mph, causing a pileup between three boats. All three drivers were ejected from their boats.

Within minutes, the dive team and rescue swimmers had all three victims out of the water.

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According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, the driver of one boat, who was a 38-year-old man from New Hampshire was declared dead at the scene.

Another driver, a 67-year-old man from Maine is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital and the driver of the boat that spun out, a 72-year-old Maine man, was treated for minor injuries.

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Names of those involved in the crash have not been released.

Taunton Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident.

Laura F. Nixon

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