Two boats crashed near the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, thirty-five miles north of Dallas on Sunday, sending eleven people to the hospital – including eight children.
The accident, which happened around noon, occurred when one boat “t-boned” the other, according to a Texas parks & Wildlife Department spokeswoman. The boats involved in the crash were rented by the same group from a local watercraft company.
One of the boats sank, while the other was pulled from the water. The Parks and Wildlife Department is investigating the crash further. But at this time, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Three of the eleven people were airlifted to area hospitals with serious injuries. And the other eight were transported by ground, said Todd Jamison, emergency medical services chief for the Little Elm, Fire Department.
The most critically injured person was a 10-year-old boy who sustained a serious head injury. He underwent surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center on Sunday night. His current condition is unknown.
Thankfully all involved in the crash were wearing a life jacket, or this accident could have been much worse.
Update: Investigators are working to determine if a child was operating one of the two boats at the time of the crash.
“It is not illegal for a child to operate a boat, with an adult is on board,” said Mike Cox, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman. The department is seeking witnesses for more information.
Here are a few quick but helpful boating safety tips: