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Two dead, one missing, several hurt in boat collision
LAKE CONROE - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
One person remains missing after a woman and child were killed in a boat crash on Lake Conroe, officials said.
Several others were injured in the crash, which happened about a mile north of the dam's lake.
Sources tell KHOU 11 News that a bass fishing boat hit a family's recreational boat around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Local country singer Josh Ward was operating the fishing boat with one passenger on-board. The duo was reportedly returning to shore following a fishing tournament when they collided with the family's boat, which had eight people on-board.
Both vessels were moving at the time, sources tell KHOU 11 News.
The fishing boat smashed into the recreational boat, flying over it. Several people went into the water, including Ward. Ward and his passenger swam to assist the family, six of which also fell into the lake.
At the point of impact, a 30-year-old woman died at the scene and a 10-year-old boy was taken to Conroe Regional Medical center where he died overnight.
A 9-year-old and a 3-year-old, both in critical condition, were taken to The Texas Medical Center by helicopter.
An adult male was operating the family's boat at the time. He suffered unknown injuries, and a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old reportedly suffered non-serious injuries.
Ward suffered an injury to his elbow but was back home early Wednesday morning, his wife wrote on Facebook.
Authorities are recreating the incident as part of the investigation into what caused the collision.
"What you're seeing right now is the actual reconstruction of the accident on the water," said Lt. Tim Cade with the Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable's Office. "Unfortunately one of the vessels was too badly damaged to stay afloat. We had to move the scene to dry land so we could reconstruct the scene here."
Investigators said it's possible one of the boats did not have its lights on, but that information has not yet been confirmed. Cade also said it has not yet been determined if anyone was not wearing a life vest.
"This is a horrible tragedy," said Cade.
Sources said alcohol was not found on either vessel.