Two people are now confirmed dead following a two-boat collision Tuesday afternoon at Rend Lake in Franklin County. Officers from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to a call just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday and immediately called for assistance from surrounding law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Police, Sesser Fire Department and dive teams from Rend Lake and Benton continued their search until nightfall on Tuesday. They resumed the search at daybreak this morning. Region Five Commander of the Illinois State Conservation Police Jerry Hiller describes the accident:
One other individual was airlifted from scene in critical condition, their condition is unknown at this time. The names of those involved have not been released. The crash remains under the investigation of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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