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Four injured when boat crashes into construction barge

One person is in critical condition after a boat slammed into a construction barge on Lake Quinsigamond in Massachussetts at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Three other boaters were injured.

All four occupants of the boat were thrown from the bow rider, authorities said. They were rescued by a Fire Department dive team member, according to District Chief Samuel Richesson.

The barge is part of the ongoing construction of a new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, which will traverse Lake Quinsigamond, linking Worcester and Shrewsbury. The contractor, Middlesex Corporation, has a barge, a crane and other construction equipment in the area.

Worcester police believe a safety light on the barge might have been out in the area where the boat hit the barge. The crash remains under investigation.

Click here for the full report with photo of the damaged boat by The Telegram.