Speed boat crash in Massachusetts leaves 1 dead, 1 critical

MA authorities have released the identities of a New Hampshire man who was killed and two Mainers who were injured in a speedboat racing accident Saturday at a Taunton pond. At approximately 1 p.m., the three racing boats crashed after one of the vessels spun out and collided with another, which then collided with another.

Spectators watching the boat race Saturday afternoon told Eyewitness News that three of the small hydroplane boats collided at the Bill Giles Memorial Regatta on Watson's Pond.

The collision caused all three to be ejected from their boats. A second boater, a 67-year-old man from ME, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition, and a 72-year-old ME man was treated for minor injuries.

A 39-year-old man from NH is dead and another ME man, 72, was treated for minor injuries. The other drivers were transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

A second man from Maine, Alex Poliakoff, 72, of Richmond, suffered minor injuries.

The Taunton Fire Department's Dive Team was at the pond for this race and pulled all three drivers out of the water.

The Massachusetts State Environmental Police are leading the investigation, according to Sgt. Thomas Ryan, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police.

  • Jon Douglas