Investigators Look for Cause of Speedboat Crash

9-3-06 – Five people are dead after two speed boats collided during a poker run on Lake Texoma Saturday afternoon. A sixth person was seriously injured and is in a Dallas hospital.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Lake Patrol Division, the crash happened around noon on the Marshall County side of the lake, two miles west of the Willis Bridge.

Spectators watching the poker run competition saw the crash. Some tried to rescue the victims.

Crews spent Sunday poring over the wreckage of the two boats – some of the debris washed up onto the shore. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the collision.

The OHP identified the victims of the crash. Four people were in a boat, called “Flash Gordon.” Rockwall, Texas residents: 61-year-old Gordon Mineo and his 59-year-old wife Ann were killed. Gordon Mineo organized and promoted the poker run – an annual event at Lake Texoma. Two passengers: 31-year-old Amy Dawn Lane and her husband, 25-year-old Justin Lane, of Little Elm were also killed.

Two people were in the other boat, called “Nashville Catz.” Fifty-one-year-old Myra Gibson, an Old Hickory, Tennessee resident, was killed at the scene. Her husband, 54-year-old Bruce Gibson, was flown to Methodist Medical Center in Dallas in serious condition.

Troopers are working to reconstruct the crash to determine the cause. The speedboats were traveling at a very high rate of speed when they collided.