Boat hits children on tubes in Texas Lake

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Four children riding an inner tube on a Texas lake were injured Sunday night when another boat slammed into them.

An 8-year-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas in critical condition. A 4-year-old was also at Children’s in stable condition. Two other children on the inner tube had minor injuries and did not go to the hospital. All of the children were wearing life jackets, police told The Dallas Morning News.

Grand Prairie police spokesman Lyle Gensler told the paper that police were still investigating the accident, which occurred about 8:40 p.m. on Joe Pool Lake.

The accident comes as a Michigan town is still mourning two children who were killed in a tubing accident in July on Sylvan Lake. Alex Mansour, 11, and his sister Gabrielle, 6, died after the personal watercraft pulling them, driven by their father, collided with another boat. Their 10-year-old sister also was critically injured. Police reported in that incident that the children were being towed without a spotter. Michigan law requires one.

Texas law also requires the use of a spotter, but police did not say whether the boat pulling the children after dark was using one.

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