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Two hunters killed in Mississippi River boat crash

October 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

The Associated Press

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a boat carrying seven duck hunters crashed into a buoy on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, killing two of them and injuring the other five.

Rockland County (Ill.) Coroner Brian Gustafson told the Quad-City Times (http://bit.ly/Ul309g ) that Saturday’s pre-dawn crash happened near the county’s southern border, not far from Muscatine, Iowa.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify any of the hunters.

Gustafson says one of the hunters killed was thrown into the buoy and the other was thrown from the boat. He says four of the injured were airlifted to Iowa City hospitals and were in serious condition.

Sgt. Laura Petreikis of the Illinois Conservation Police says the fifth person was taken to a Davenport, Iowa, hospital. His condition was unknown.

The duck hunting season started Saturday.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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