One of the four boaters injured in a Tuesday morning crash near Starved Rock State Park remained hospitalized today, but his three companions were treated and released for their injuries.
Eddie Lee Gardner, 67, of Chicago was flown by helicopter to St. Francis Medical Center inPeoriaa short time after the boat accident reported at 8:24 a.m. on the Illinois River, about a quarter mile downstream from the park.
Gardnerwas listed in good condition this morning, a St. Francis spokeswoman reported. Meanwhile, Gardner’s companions all were treated and released from Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
Gardner, Albert Alexander, 81, Adell Ingram, 51, and Luis E. Gardner, 63, all of Chicago, were hurt after their boat struck a grove of rocks and trees in the Illinois River.
A preliminary report by Conservation police indicated the operator, Alexander, diverted his gaze to the rear of the boat, causing the boat to veer and slam into the rocks and trees. Speed was estimated at 30 mph.
First responders from Oglesby, Utica and Conservation police arrived to the Starved Rock boat launch to administer medical assistance.