Western Wisconsin Boat Accident Kills 4, Injures Groom-To-Be

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Officials say a western Wisconsin boat crash on Friday night killed four people and left a groom-to-be in the hospital.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s office says the bodies of two Minnesota men missing since the crash were finally found yesterday, bringing the death toll to four.

The Associated Press reports that a pontoon-like boat carrying six people as part of a pre-wedding celebration collided head-on with a speedboat carrying two people Friday night on the Chippewa River.

The crash killed 28-year-old Matthew Overhulser and 50-year-old Mark Michels, both of Eau Claire. Overhulser was part of the wedding party. Michels was driving the speedboat.

The bodies of 25-year-old Luke Pohl of Elk River, Minn., and 28-year-old Matthew Simonson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., were found Sunday.

Leo Pohl of Buffalo, Minn., was to have been married Saturday. He remains hospitalized.

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