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Troopers report several weekend wrecks

Troopers report several weekend wrecks

January 16th, 2019 in Local News

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported several car wrecks since last weekend's snow event.

Daniel S. Leslie, 44, of Tebbetts, received minor injuries in a one-car crash reported at 9:43 p.m. Sunday on Route AA, north of Meller Road. His 2003 Ford F150 was totaled after it failed to negotiate a curve, went off the side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Three people received injures in an accident reported at 4:48 p.m. Friday on Old U.S. 54, south of Larand Drive.

A 1991 Dodge Colt driven by Melvin M. Underwood, 53, of Fulton, was northbound, lost control and slid across the center line, striking another vehicle. Underwood was driving without insurance and was not wearing a seatbelt, and that vehicle was destroyed. A passenger, Jason M. Childers, 33, of Holts Summit, also was not wearing a seatbelt and received moderate injuries.

The southbound 2003 Ford F250 driven by James W. Lutes, 36, of Warrensburg, was struck by the Dodge Colt and received extensive damage. Lutes was wearing a seatbelt and received minor injuries, troopers reported.

All three were transported by emergency services to University Hospital.

Also on Friday, two vehicles including a 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer collided on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 145.8-mile marker. In this 4:10 p.m. crash, Tanya L. Mikesell, 49, of Union, Kentucky, received minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital.

Mikesell was overtaking a tractor trailer, driven by Dustin J. Kreigh, 30, of Kendallville, Indiana. Mikesell's 2015 Kia Sportage hit the Freightliner and both vehicles went off the right side of the highway.

Troopers reported another crash at 8:38 a.m. Friday on U.S. 54 westbound, near Callaway County Road 158. A 2015 Jeep driven by Linnea C. Swansen, 21, of Columbia, back-ended a 2017 Ford F250 driven by Mathew K. Brunk, 42, of Auxvasse. Swansen went to University Hospital by private conveyance. The Ford truck had moderate damage; the Jeep was extensively damaged.

Troopers reported no weekend arrests.

Correction: The description of the crash at the 145.8-mile marker on I-70 in the original version of this story was inaccurate. It was corrected Jan. 23, 2019, in the text above.