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UPDATE: Alderson Broaddus University releases statement following death of student at Stonewall Jackson Lake

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UPDATE (7/6/21 4:13 p.m.):

ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has provided new information on a fatal boating incident at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Megan Wade, 29, of Missouri, and Kayla Sands, 29, of Colorado, were both injured in that incident, which killed Sarah Hutchinson, 29, of Indiana, according to the DNR.

The DNR said two men, ages 50 and 31, were in the boat, with the older man operating it. All three of the women crashed into a rock and branches along the bank.

Hutchinson was a student at Alderson Broaddus University. The school released the following statement on the incident.

“The AB campus community is deeply saddened to learn of one of our alumna and student Sarah Hutchinson’s passing. Our entire campus community grieves this loss, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families and hold them in our prayers.”

Alderson Broaddus University statement

ORIGINAL STORY (7/5/21 4:19 p.m.):

One woman has died and two others were injured as a result of a boating and tubing accident on Stonewall Lake in Weston.

According to information from state officials, the incident occurred on July 4 when two men and three women, all age 29, were boating and tubing on Stonewall Lake.

During that time, at 6:20 p.m., “the driver swung the tube too close to a rock wall,” which resulted in the three female passengers who were on the tube colliding with the wall, state officials said.

According to state officials, despite patrol boats being on the lake and arriving at the scene within minutes, Sarah Hutchinson, 29, of Indiana, died; two other women were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The injured victims’ names are not being released at this time, however, the two women who were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital are listed in critical but stable condition, officers said.

According to natural resource officers, no charges have been filed at this time, and the boat’s operator has been cooperative with law enforcement.

An investigation is still ongoing.

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