One person is dead and another two – one man and one woman – are missing after a barge crashed into a pleasure craft on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, authorities said. The accident occurred just after 10 p.m. Saturday off the Greenwood boat dock at Riverview Park. Five people on the boat were rescued by people on the barge, Jason Meiman, deputy fire chief of the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department, told media. The survivors are recovering at the hospital. Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department stayed on the river all night, but the search was difficult due to the dark conditions. The cause of the accident was undetermined but it’s known that a fireworks show called the Thunder Over Louisville just before. Being distracted when driving a boat is a common cause for accidents. Aimee Boyd, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Derby Festival, which put on the event, said the organization did not have any barges on the water Saturday night. Four barges were involved in the crash. They are being deconstructed to ensure no one was caught in between the parts.
Rescue teams have expanded the search to 60 miles of the Ohio River. The current was moving at about one nautical mile per hour Saturday and could have taken the victims underwater. Authorities are using surface and shore sweeps, sonar equipment and helicopters.