As local fishers travel to Lake Palestine near Tyler, emergency officials in our area are urging them to be safe after a deadly boat crash earlier this week.
Texas Game Warden Captain Mike Hanson confirmed husband and wife Keith and Billie Wagnon were in the boat that went over the Lake Palestine spillway around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Billie died and Keith was in the ICU at a Tyler hospital, as of Friday morning.
A preliminary investigation found the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed toward the dam and passed the buoys at the edge of the spillway before going over, Hanson said. People fishing below jumped into the water and were able to pull Keith to shore, he said.
The crash is under investigation.