Breaking: One killed, five injured in houseboat explosion

Generator likely the cause

A 52-year-old woman from Colorado was killed and five other people were injured during an explosion on a houseboat Wednesday in the Crystal Springs Canyon area of Lake Powell.
More than 20 people were near the privately-owned houseboat that was anchored in Crystal Springs Canyon when at around 10 p.m. Wednesday someone on the boat reportedly attempted to start a generator. The generator exploded, causing the devastation on the boat.

Kirsten Meyer of Castle Rock, Colo., was killed in the accident. Four other people sustained critical injuries and flown by air ambulance to hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah and Grand Junction, Colo. The injuries included broken bones, burns and facial injuries. Classic Aviation provided three helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft to assist the National Park Service and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

A boy sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Bullfrog Clinic for treatment and was later released. Approximately 20 other people were with the group when the explosion occurred.

Crystal Springs Canyon is located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, two canyons north of Hall’s Crossing in San Juan County, Utah.

The San Juan County Medical Examiner is leading the investigation into the fatality. Meyer’s body was taken to the Salt Lake City Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is working with the National Park Service in the investigation of the explosion. 

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