Two killed in boat crash during poker run

Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor in the deaths of two Missouri men whose boat crashed during the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run last weekend in Kentucky.

Jeffrey T. Asbell, 47, and Bradley D. Smith, 39, both of Joplin, were ejected from the boat. An official with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department told local reporters that the boat was moving faster than 100 mph at the time of the crash, KY3-TV in Springfield, Mo., reported.

Wayne County (Ky.) Coroner Forrest Hicks told The Joplin Globe that emergency responders went to the lake Saturday morning after receiving word that a boat had flipped over near the Tom’s Creek area.

Asbell and Smith were brought to the boat ramp at Camp Earl Wallace, where they were pronounced dead shortly before noon. Hicks said Asbell “suffered serious blunt force trauma to his head and Smith experienced serious blunt force trauma to his abdomen and lower extremities.”

Asbell and Smith were participating in the poker run, which says on its website that it attracts 150 of the country’s “meanest and fastest powerboats.”

Click here for the report from The Joplin Globe.

Click here for the report from KY3-TV.


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