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Crashes pile up in bad weather

Crashes pile up in bad weather

February 19th, 2019 by Jenny Gray in Local News

This 50-car pile-up happened at about 1:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 54 in Miller County.

State troopers reported a Callaway County crash on Interstate 70 over the weekend that resulted in one man receiving minor injuries.

Near Cedar Creek, a 1996 Ford Ranger went off the right side of the road, striking an embankment at 2:01 p.m. Friday. The driver, Martin J. Lenk, 72, of Elsberry, was wearing a seat belt and refused medical help at the scene, troopers reported.

On Feb. 13, three Fulton residents were involved in a two-vehicle crash reported at 7:15 p.m. in Boone County, on Route WW at Rangeline Road.

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Thomas M. Miller, 59, was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry which troopers report failed to stop at a sign and was struck by a 2003 Ford F-250. The truck was driven by Kenneth D. Sparks, 40, of Fulton, carrying passenger Howard O. King, 54, of Fulton.

All three were wearing seat belts and were transported to University Hospital in Columbia.

Bad weather was also to blame for a multi-vehicle accident reported about 1:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 54, westbound in Miller County. Sgt. Scott White of the highway patrol's Troop F said about 50 vehicles were involved in the series of crashes between Eldon and Eugene. Only minor injuries were reported, and it took about three hours to reopen the highway.

As last Friday's snow and ice storm passed through Kansas City, a reported 47 vehicles also were involved in a massive pileup on I-70 in Jackson County, starting about 11:30 a.m. One person was killed and several others injured. The victim was identified as Linda Henderson, 74, of Platte City, whose husband, James, was hospitalized with critical injuries.

The state trooper report stated a 2012 Peterbilt tractor/trailer driven by Marlon C. Davis, 44, of Washington Park, Illinois, lost control on the snow-covered road and went off the left side, partially blocking the road. The 2016 Ford Escape driven by James Hendershot, 74, struck the trailer and then was hit by another vehicle, starting the chain-reaction crash.

More weather is coming in this afternoon, with a chance of freezing rain and snow starting between 3-4 p.m. and into the overnight hours. According to the National Weather Service, look for sunshine on Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid -40s.