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One killed, five hurt in boat accident

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Minn. -- One person died and five were injured when a speedboat and a fishing boat collided on the St. Croix River just south of downtown Stillwater Wednesday evening.

The boats were filled with 11 people who had been part of a daylong outing of Army National Guard members. People from both boats were thrown into the water, but the injured were all on the boat that was hit, said Washington County Sheriff Jim Frank.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people were taken to the hospital in Stillwater and two were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. None of their injuries was life-threatening, Frank said.

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Authorities were withholding the names of the victims while they notified relatives.

People in about a dozen private boats helped pull victims from the water.

The accident's cause is as yet unclear and is being investigated, said Capt. Don McGlothlin of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

On July 3, 1999, five people were killed when a speedboat crashed into a passenger boat on the river, also near Stillwater.

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