A boating accident last Saturday night, Aug. 7 has claimed the life of a Dutton man.

The U.S. Coast Guard and troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division are investigating the fatal collision that occurred at approximately 8:46 p.m. between a commercial vessel and a recreational fishing vessel on the Tennessee River.

James Ray Blair, 52 of Dutton, was killed when his 1973 14-foot Orlando aluminum fishing boat was struck by a commercial towing vessel operated by Inland Marine Service.

The collision occurred just north of Alabama 117 (Snodgrass) Bridge near Stevenson.

Troopers aid two passengers in the fishing boat were injured and transported by first responders for medical treatment.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Stevenson Police Department and other agencies assisted.

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