Seventeen people have died after a "duck boat" overturned and sank in a lake in the Midwestern American state of Missouri.
The boat was carrying 29 tourists and two crew members. The accident happened on Table Rock Lake in Branson, a tourist area famous for country music shows and other entertainment.
Officials blamed the accident on stormy weather. Winds at the time were blowing as hard as 105 kilometers per hour.
Missouri state police said fourteen people survived, including seven who were injured when the boat sank.
The boats were first designed for the United States military to transport troops and supplies during World War II. They have the ability to travel on land and in water.
The boats were later changed to be used as sightseeing vehicles and renamed "duck boats."
The Missouri accident is the latest in a series of accidents involving duck boats. More than 30 people have died in such incidents in the last 20 years.
Thirteen people died after a duck boat sank near Hot Springs in the state of Arkansas in 1999.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two Hungarian tourists were killed in 2010 when a barge hit a disabled duck boat in the Delaware River. Five years later, a woman was struck and killed by a duck boat while crossing a Philadelphia street.
In 2015, five college students were killed and 69 others were injured when a duck boat hit a bus in Seattle, Washington.
And in 2016, a duck boat ran over a scooter in Boston, Massachusetts. One woman died and another person was seriously injured.
Andrew Duffy works for the law firm that represented the duck boat accident victims in Philadelphia. He called duck boats "death traps." He told the Associated Press, "They're not fit for water or land because they are half car and half boat."
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1.country music 乡村音乐
It influenced the development of rock, R&B, and country music.
2.be used as 被用作
The word character is used as an abstract term.
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当时，船上有29名游客和2名船员 。这次事故发生在布兰森的桌岩湖，该地区是旅游胜地，以乡村音乐表演等娱乐项目而闻名 。
这种游湖船最初是美国军方在二战期间用来运输军队和供需品的 。这种船可以水陆两用 。
密苏里州的这次事故与鸭子船有关的一系列事故中发生最近的一起 。过去20年来，已有30多人在类似的事故中死亡 。
宾夕法尼亚州的费城也曾有2名匈牙利游客于2010年溺亡，当时一艘游艇撞到了德拉瓦河一艘失去行动能力的鸭子船 。5年后，费城的一位女子在过马路时被一艘鸭子船撞死 。
安德鲁 达菲(Andrew Duffy)是一家律所的员工，该律所为费城鸭子船事故遇难者申诉 。安德鲁称鸭子船是“死亡陷阱” 。他在接受美联社采访时表示，“鸭子船不适合在陆上或者水上行走，因为他们相当于半辆车和半艘船 。”
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