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Aftermath after this boat struck a barge on the Kanawha River Sunday night.

QUINCY, W.Va. — A Kanawha County man was in critical condition Monday afternoon after the boat he was riding in collided with a barge in the Kanawha River near Quincy late Sunday night.

Investigators with the state DNR Police Department said Blake Snodgrass of Gallagher was the most seriously injured of the four who were boating at about 10 p.m. Snodgrass was in the ICU at CAMC.

Investigators said Steven Garrison, 22, of Winifrede, was at the controls when the 17-foot pleasure craft struck a barge moored along the riverbank just downstream from the Chelyan Bridge in the area of the Quincy Terminal.

“They had put their boat in at the boat ramp in Chesapeake,” said DNR Police Sgt. Jerry Payne. “They were coming back down to the boat ramp when they struck the barge.”

Also on board were Nicole Garrison of Winifrede and Mary Snodgrass of Gallagher. Steven and Nicole Garrison and Mary Snodgrass were treated and released from CAMC. Sgt. Payne said one of the female passengers was thrown into the water after the impact, but they managed to get her back on board.

“It was pretty severe,” Payne said of the collision. “It didn’t sink the vessel, they were still able to start it back up and come across the river where they got out, but it was still a pretty severe strike.”

Payne said although investigators found empty beer bottles on the boat, there’s no indication at this time the driver was impaired. He said all indications are both the barge and the pleasure boat had the proper lights in place and working at the time of the crash. He added the operator indicated he was doing about 25 miles an hour when he struck the barge.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    That sure keeps idi0t drivers off the road, doesn't it?

  • Jonus Grumby

    That was my initial thought too, however this is from the article: "Payne said although investigators found empty beer bottles on the boat, there’s no indication at this time the driver was impaired."


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  • Larry

    It was, very involved.

  • Tim C

    That happened upstream from the spill.....last I checked water don't flow uphill.

  • FungoJoe

    Rookie boaters. Should require a license to operate a motorboat.

  • DWL

    Ban WATER. Gulp, gulp, gulp!

    That Charleston water is deadly! I sure hope they didn't swallow any. It sounds like they took care of any "alcohol" evidence beforehand. They must have been sterilizing their mouths and throats prior to ingesting any Kanawha H2O.

  • Pickle Barrel

    Yeah, those boats just have a mind of their own. You never know when one will just decide to accelerate and turn into a moored barge. Just like guns, they just happen to hurt people all by themselves.

    Perhaps they need to be banned. Works for guns, doesn't it? Oh wait...unless you live in Chicago.

  • Gary Karstans

    More people hurt by boats. Yeesh.

  • Chris1529

    I think it would be more interesting if alcohol wasn't involved.

  • ViennaGuy

    It will be interesting to see if alcohol was involved.