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CNN is reporting the tragic death of 5 people when 2 boats collided during the “Highroller” Poker Run at Lake Texoma on the Texas, Oklahoma boarder this weekend. From intitial reports, it would appear that one of the boats broadsided with the other at high speed killing 4 occupants of 1 boat and 1 of the 2 occupants of the other.
From the report:
Two jet boats participating in a competition collided on Lake Texoma on Saturday, killing five people and injuring another, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
One of the boats struck the other watercraft on the middle of its side, trooper Kera Philippi said.
Philippi identified the victims as Gordon Mineo, whose age wasn’t available, of Rockwall, Texas; his wife, Ann, 59; Amy Dawn Lane, 31, of Little Elm, Texas; Justin R. Lane, 25, also of Little Elm; and Myra L. Gibson, 51, of Old Hickory, Tennessee.
The Mineos and the Lanes were in one boat, while Gibson and her husband, Bruce, 54, were in the other, Philippi said. Bruce Gibson was flown to a Dallas, Texas, hospital, she said. His condition was not known.
Only pieces were left of one boat. The rear of a yellow, twin-hull jet boat with purple trim was partially submerged and the left side of the bottom was ripped out. A tugboat towed the damaged boats to shore, Philippi said.
Gordon Mineo was the organizer of the “Highroller Poker Run” event, in which participants get a playing card at five different stops and win if they have the best poker hand at the end, Philippi said.
Typical of media reporting for boat and aircraft accidents, I have to question the accuracy of a some of the reporting.
Update from the Dallas Morning News:
In the crash Saturday, a 35-foot boat driven by Gordon Mineo of Rockwall collided with a 43-foot boat owned by a couple from Old Hickory, Tenn. All four people in Mr. Mineo’s boat died, including his wife and a couple from Little Elm.
In the other boat, Myra Gibson died at the scene. Her husband, Bruce Gibson, remained in fair condition in a Dallas hospital.
There have been conflicting reports about how the accident occurred.
Mr. Hayes said a witness told him that Mr. Mineo had picked up his chip from the West End Marina and headed back out. Mr. Gibson’s boat was headed to the West End Marina to pick up his chip. “They were running directly at each other, but at a safe distance,” Mr. Hayes said.
He said the witness told him she turned around to get another chip. When she turned back around, she saw the wreckage, Mr. Hayes said. He said other witnesses told him that Mr. Mineo’s boat took a sharp turn into Mr. Gibson’s boat.
Anyone who saw the accident is asked to call the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at 877-253-2820.
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