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Jasper County game wardens continue investigation into deadly boat accident

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A special accident re-creation team with the Texas Game Wardens is set to begin their investigation into a deadly boating accident that occurred Tuesday night.

Jasper County Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Justin Eddins confirmed the crash happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday near the Twin Dikes boat ramp. Eddins said a woman suffered serious head injuries, and two children were also injured.

Eddins said Wednesday that the the man who died in the boating accident has been identified as Todd Cross, of Orange County. Casey Thibodeaux, also of Orange County, was taken to a Beaumont hospital for treatment of serious head injuries. Eddins didn't have an update on the conditions of the two children.

"You can only imagine a kid going through this," Eddins said. "They sat out there no telling how long with both their parents unconscious, bleeding. I've been doing this 15 years and it is probably one of the worst boat accidents I have seen."

The accident happened in an area that wardens consider the most dangerous area of the lake. The island Cross hit, mud island is near Rattlesnake island and has already had several accidents happen this year.

"People come up here to the lake to have fun and a good time," Eddins said. "It is very dangerous. We art least have a few drownings and major accidents. it is unfortunate."

Eddins said the boat appeared to have proper lighting for night-time boating activities and that the two girls had on lifejackets.

Amber Dickerson is familiar with the area. Dickerson said several nights ago, their boat almost hit an island they were not aware of.

"Honestly at night out here by these islands, I wouldn't advise it," Dickerson said. "If you are going to stay to the shore it would be one thing but out boating, boating at night it is just dangerous."

Eddins said the area is marked with warning signs but there is no plan to move the island into a no wake zone'.

"We can't put all of the hazards in those zones," Eddins said. "That is why it is important to slow down and pay attention."

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