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One man killed in Stanly County boat accident

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STANLY COUNTY, N.C. -- An outing on Badin Lake turned deadly Thursday afternoon.

Wildlife Resource Commission officers are investigating a boat accident that killed one man and left another injured.

At about 11 a.m., two men, both in their 40s, were on a bass boat on the lake, fishing, when the driver of the boat lost control and crashed into an embankment along railroad tracks.

"It's unknown the exact cause of it yet, we're still investigating that," said David Ritzheimer, a NC Wildlife Resource Commisson officer. "It's railroad tracks, and struck the embankment and went up on the shore and the passenger was ejected," he said.

Ritzheimer said no foul play was involved; it was just the result of an unfortunate accident.

"You got to be alert and you gotta pay attention because when you're out here on the water you always have to be scanning the area looking out for everybody else," he said.

Officers said there's no indication another boat was involved. The names of the two men have yet to be released pending family notification. Officers were able to tell us the man who died was from out of state.

Last year there were four deaths from boating accidents on Badin and Tillery lakes.

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