Maine man critically injured in fatal, 3-boat collision on Mass. pond

One dead, two injured in boat crash

TAUNTON, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) — A man from Maine is in critical condition at a hospital in Providence, RI, following a fatal crash on a Taunton, Mass., pond involving three boats.

A 39-year-old man from NH is dead and another Maine man, 72, was treated for minor injuries.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, three speed boats were competing in the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta on Watson Pond when they collided around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Taunton PD said the first boat, operated by the 72-year-old Mainer, spun out at 65 mph and caused a pileup. The second boat, operated by the now deceased, collided with the first; and then the third boat, operated by the Mainer now in critical condition, crashed into the second.

The collision caused all three to be ejected from their boats.

Members of the Taunton FD's dive team were on scene and were quickly able to pull all three individuals from the water.

The NH man died at the scene, the DA's office said, and the 67-year-old Mainer in critical condition is currently at Rhode Island Hospital.

Victims' names were not immediately released due to next of kin notification.

The DA's office said no foul play is suspected, and the investigation is ongoing.

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