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Alcohol, speed in boat crash fatal to students

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A preliminary report on a northeast Oklahoma boat crash that killed two University of Arkansas students says excessive speed, driver inattention and alcohol use contributed to the accident.

Grand River Dam Authority police said in a report Wednesday that the driver of a 21-foot boat, John Deselms of Tulsa, was cited at a Vinita hospital on a charge of operating a vessel under the influence. He wasn't taken into custody because of his medical condition.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://is.gd/yvywDo ) that Deselms told investigators he drank 10 beers and a shot of tequila before his craft rammed a 96-foot houseboat on Grand Lake. The report says Deselms also took antidepressant medication.

Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove and William Lewis Varner III of Texarkana, Ark., died in the May 14 crash.

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