One of Four People Involved in Boating Accident Still in ICU; Names Released

By: WSAZ News Staff, Shannon Houser Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Shannon Houser Email
The accident happened at 9:55 p.m. Sunday near Chelyan.

(Courtesy Photo / Kanawha County Emergency Management)

UPDATE 6/23/14 @ 10:45 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of four people who were involved in a boating accident along the Kanawha River remains in the hospital.

The accident happened at 9:55 p.m. Sunday near Chelyan.

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened, but it appears the boat was heading downstream when it hit a parked barge.

DNR Sgt. Gerry Payne said the driver didn't see the barge parked in front of them. "If you're not expecting it, going 25-30 mph hitting into a steel structure is still pretty devastating."

A spokesperson with the Division of Natural Resources, says all four people on the boat suffered trauma to the head and body.

Steven A. Garrison, 22, of Winifrede, was driving the boat, according to a news release. He has been treated and released from the hospital.

Nicole M. Garrison, of Winifrede, and Mary F. Snodgrass, of Gallager, were passengers on the boat. They have also been treated and released.

According to a spokesperson at CAMC, Blake E. Snodgrass, the third passenger on the boat, is still in trauma ICU.

Sgt. Payne says boating at night can be extremely dangerous and it's important to have more than one person with their eyes on the water. "At night it's tougher to see a barge. They do have lights but if the barge is empty like these are, instead of the light being on the water, the lights 10 or 11 foot above you."

The DNR says alcohol was on board, but are not sure if that was the cause of the crash. If an investigation proves the driver was intoxicated, he could face charges.

CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people are injured after a boating accident in Kanawha County.

Dispatchers tell a boat hit a barge on the Kanawha River near mile marker 73. They say the call came in just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

There is no word on the extent of the injuries.

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