CHARGES FILED: Deadly Mississippi River Accident

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The operators of two boats that collided on the Mississippi River in May killing four people have been charged in connection with the accident.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 21-year-old Joseph Schier Jr. and 22-year-old Douglas Metcalf, both of Burlington, have each been charged with one count of boating while intoxicated causing death and four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The accident happened in the early morning hours of May 19th on the Mississippi River near Burlington.

The DNR says the jon boat Schier was operating collided with a jon boat operated by Metcalf. Schier was only person in his boat, but there were 11 people in the other boat.

Matthew T. House, 21, Jacob K. Boyd, 22, Caitlyn M. Atchley, 20, and Blake A. Eakins, 21,  were all killed in the accident. They were all from Burlington.

A trial date hasn’t been set for Schier and Metcalf.

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