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13 hospitalized after boat explosion in LaSalle County

13 people were hospitalized after a boat explosion in rural LaSalle County Saturday.
13 people were hospitalized after a boat explosion in rural LaSalle County Saturday.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: May. 28, 2022 at 7:54 PM CDT
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SENECA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - 13 passengers were sent to the hospital after a boat explosion in LaSalle County Saturday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Phil Wire with Illinois Conservation Police, officers responded around 4:20 PM to Spring Brook Marina near Seneca on reports of a flaming vessel. 17 occupants were on board the vessel at the time of the explosion. Among the 13 hospitalized, one was life-flighted in critical condition to Loyola Hospital in critical condition. One employee from the Spring Brook Marina was also hospitalized.

The boat is considered a total loss. As of Saturday evening, the Environmental Protection Agency and hazmat crews were on the scene of the explosion, in the process of removing the vessel. The cause is unknown, with a preliminary investigation underway.

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