ONE KILLED, FIVE INJURED IN BOAT COLLISSION
A Poplar Bluff teenager has died and five people are injured following a boat collision in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the collision occurred on Black River eight miles north of Poplar Bluff at around 7:30 pm Sunday.
The collision occurred as one of the boats was traveling downstream, veered into the path of the other boat and struck it head on, ejecting the occupants of both boats.
A 16 year old female occupant of the second boat was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital.
Four people involved in the wreck suffered serious injuries, including the driver of the first boat. Of these four, one was flown to a Memphis hospital, two were flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital, and the fourth was transported by ambulance to a Poplar Bluff hospital.
The driver of the second boat was moderately injured and also taken to a Poplar Bluff hospital.
According to a Highway Patrol arrest report, the driver of the first boat, 27 year old Braden Bollinger, of Dexter, is facing charges of boating while intoxicated.