Missouri Woman Killed in Arkansas Barge Explosion

Posted: May 25, 2013 2:08 PM by Associated Press

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GARFIELD, Ark. - A Missouri woman has been killed in an explosion on a barge on Beaver Lake.

The Benton County coroner says 23-year-old Kayla Woolsey of Hollister, Mo., died Friday after being thrown from the barge she was standing on in the Lost Bridge area of the lake near Garfield.

Sheriff's Deputy Kesha Guyll told reporters that another person was welding on the boat at the time of the blast shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. Guyll said investigators believe a spark from the welding ignited fumes -- but that it wasn't immediately known what type of fumes.

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