Saturday, May 8, 2004

Two suffer minor injuries in boat crash on Ohio River

The Cincinnati Enquirer

DAYTON, Ky. - Two people were taken to the hospital with what police said were minor injuries after a boat accident on the Ohio River late Friday.

The accident occurred just after 10 p.m. near the Watertown Yacht Club.

Dayton Police Sgt. Raleigh Barnett said two boats - a pleasure craft about 36 feet long and a smaller runabout - were both traveling east.

The operator of the larger boat apparently didn't see the smaller one before the accident, which capsized the runabout.

A man and a woman in the runabout jumped out of the boat before the accident, Barnett said.

The larger boat stopped after the crash and its occupants helped pull the two out of the water.

The couple was taken to St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. Their names and conditions were not available.

Authorities were pulling the runabout out of the water about midnight.

Barnett said lighting and visibility likely played a role.

No charges are expected to be filed.

The crash occurred near the location of a hit-and-run boat accident in Dayton last summer that left seven people injured.

Glenn C. Colann, an automobile dealer from Columbus, is charged with four counts of first-degree assault, seven counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and three counts of fourth-degree assault.

His case is pending.

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