2 killed in Oklahoma boat crash were UA students

Posted: May 15, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

LANGLEY, Okla. — Authorities say two people were killed after a ski boat crashed into a parked houseboat on a northeast Oklahoma lake.

Authorities identified the victims as Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove and William Lewis Varner III of Texarkana, Ark. Both are listed as students at the University of Arkansas in the campus directory.

Officials say Swetnam was set to graduate next year while Varner was a junior studying marketing.

Swetnam was Miss Teen Oklahoma in 2010.

The Grand River Dam Authority says the collision happened Tuesday afternoon on Grand Lake. Spokesman Justin Alberty says the ski boat was carrying eight people when it collided with the empty houseboat that was docked in Duck Creek.

Alberty says two people in the front of the ski boat were killed. Four others were taken to a hospital in Vinita.

GRDA Assistant General Manager Brian Edwards tells Tulsa television station KOTV (http://bit.ly/100CGjn ) that the ski boat was traveling fast, causing a "substantial, violent impact."


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