Speedboat Crash in Mass. Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Critical

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) -

Three speed boats collided during a race on a Massachusetts lake, leaving one driver dead and two others injured, authorities said.

The collision happened on Saturday afternoon, during the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta on Watson Pond in Taunton, said the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.

Taunton Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw said in a statement that one speed boat spun out traveling 65 mph, causing a pileup. He said all three drivers were thrown from their boats.

The Bristol County DA’s office said that a 39-year-old New Hampshire man died at the scene. A second boater, a 67-year-old man from Maine, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition, and a 72-year-old Maine man was treated for minor injuries. Their names were not immediately released.

The crash is under investigation.