Two killed when boat hits barge

Aug. 30– Two Hardin County residents were killed in a boat crash Saturday on the Tennessee River near the Mississippi state line, according to the Hardin County Fire Department.

The crash occurred around midnight when a bass boat traveling at a high rate of speed struck a parked barge loaded with coal close to the Goat Island campground in Mississippi, said Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

The victims, both from the Counce-Pickwick area, were identified as Carey Downs, 39, and Jeremy Floyd, 40.

Martin said the incident occurred around midnight, and Mississippi authorities requested aid from Hardin County first responders around 3:45 a.m. The first occupant of the bass boat was recovered at about 6:30 a.m. and the second at around 9:30 a.m.

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