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Boat accident Saturday leaves four injured

MORRIS – A speed boat and pontoon boat collided on the Illinois River, one mile west of Stratton Park, early Saturday evening at about 6 p.m.

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District and Minooka Fire Protection District responded to the accident along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Four of the passengers were transported to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, and as many as 10 of the passengers refused medical treatment, Morris Fire Deputy Chief Bob Wills said Monday.

Wills, who was on the scene of the accident, said it appeared that all injuries were not life-threatening. The condition of the four passengers is unknown a this time.

“The speed boat was damaged enough to where it was taking in water and had to be brought ashore and towed away,” Wills said.

The pontoon boat was towed back to the owner’s vehicle, Wills added.

The accident is still under investigation by the IDNR Conservation Police.

Wills said boating accidents are not uncommon and can be unpredictable and encouraged boaters to be safe this summer.

“We go in streaks where we go a long time without having any, but then we may have five or six in a single season,” Wills said. “It just depends.”

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