Two women and a child died after a boating accident on Lake Conroe Tuesday night.
Texas country music singer Josh Ward was injured in the crash and later released from the hospital.
According to the Montgomery County Constable’s office, a bass boat collided with a recreational boat at approximately 9 p.m.
The bass boat was returning from a fishing tournament at the lake’s East Beach area when it collided with the recreational boat with eight people aboard, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. The bass boat apparently went over the recreational boat, seriously damaging both vessels.
At the point of impact, a 30-year-old woman died at the scene. A 9-year-old boy was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by helicopter where he died Wednesday morning. A 29-year-old woman was found today by an EMS dive team around 1:20 p.m. in 30 feet of water. A 10-year-old female was treated and released and a 3-year-old female was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. A 17-year-old male and a 13-year-old male on the recreational boat were uninjured, according to the Constable’s office.
Both adults on the bass boat immediately swam to assist the families. The 43-year-old driver of the bass boat, and the passenger, Josh Ward, a country singer/songwriter from Montgomery, were treated and released. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, Ward suffered a fractured elbow.
Ward’s representatives released this statement Wednesday: “Last night at around 9:00 p.m. Josh was a passenger on a boat that was involved in an accident on Lake Conroe. Josh was injured in the accident, but he was released from the hospital and will make a full recovery. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and concerns for Josh, however at this moment our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in this tragic accident. We are praying for all those that were injured and those individuals who did not survive.”
Both boats were removed from the water and were examined by investigators to attempt to determine the speed the boats were traveling. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.
The family of Brandon Wilson, the driver of the pleasure boat involved in the crash, said he is still in the ICU trauma unit at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. A fund has been set up to help his recovery.
“He is the father of twin boys, one with special needs,” they said. “We appreciate you sharing if you can.”
The link to help Wilson is below: