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UPDATE: Coroner releases names of two men killed in boating accident

By: Sean Evans; Jordan Vilines Email
By: Sean Evans; Jordan Vilines Email
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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Wayne County coroner says two Missouri men were killed in a boating accident on Lake Cumberland Saturday afternoon.

Dispatch says they received the call around 11:30 a.m. from another boat on the water in reference to a single boat that had flipped on the water near Camp Earl Wallace.

Investigators say two men were driving a high-powered speed boat on Lake Cumberland when the boat flipped, ejecting the two men off the boat.

“At about 11:30 Saturday morning two of the participants in the Annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run were involved in an accident,” said Wayne Glover with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Investigators say 47-year-old Jeffrey Asbell and 39-year-old Bradley Smith were traveling in the Tom's Creek area of Lake Cumberland at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when their boat flipped, ejecting Asbell and Smith.

We’re told the two men were killed instantly.

“At those sort of speeds, by the time you react to a known hazard or to something you travel a long way. Speed definitely was a factor in the crash,” Glover said.

Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks says Asbell died from blunt force trauma to his head and Smith from blunt force trauma to his abdomen and lower body.

At this time, investigators believe the fatal crash may have been caused by driver error.

Officials with the coroner's office also say they have contacted the family of both men and their bodies will be returned to Missouri.


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