Two people die, four injured in boat collision

Two boats collided nearly head on in a narrow passage on the river.

Two people died and four others were injured in a two-boat collision Saturday on the Gasconade River.

The accident happened one mile downstream from The Paradise Lane around 6:28 p.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Daniel Berhorst of Freeburg was alone when he was driving southbound in a 1999 Gator Jet boat.

An Alumaweld Jet boat, driven by 44-year-old Norbert Eisterhold of Freeburg, was traveling northbound. Passengers with Eisterhold were 45-year-old Sandra Fick of Freeburg, 41-year-old Gale Hennier of Rich Fountain, 48-yaer-old Larry Hennier of Rich Fountain, and 25-year-old Mary Talken of Jefferson City.

According to the highway patrol, the two boats hit nearly head on in a narrow passage on the river.

Larry Hennier was airlifted to University Hospital and was later pronounced dead. Mary Talken was taken to Capital Region Medical Center and was also later pronounced dead.

Eisterhold and Fick were both transported by ambulance to area hospitals with serious injuries. Gale Hennier and Berhorst suffered minor injuries.