Victims identified in fatal Lake Palestine boat crash

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Texas Game Warden officials have identified the two victims in Wednesday evening's boat accident on Lake Palestine.

According to Game Warden Captain Mike Hanson, Billie Wagnon and Keith Wagnon, both of Palestine, were in the boat when the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Billie did not survive the accident.

Witnesses reported the couple was traveling south on the lake near the east shore and failed to turn when they approached the spillway. The boat went flew over the spillway and landed below where it overturned.

People in the area were able to help Keith Wagnon out of the boat. He was critically injured in the crash, but he was conscious and talking on Thursday, according to Captain Hanson. 

Billie Wagnon's body was later recovered later the boat.

The boat was removed from the lake on Thursday.


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