This February has been very icy and there are many accidents to show for it, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Just a day or two into February, the crash reports by the Missouri Highway Patrol began to come in. Crashes were reported in southeast and east Missouri and were responded to by Troop E officers. Not only were there several vehicle accidents, but three MoDOT plow trucks that were sent in to deal with the snow and make the roads safe for Missouri drivers actually overturned due to black ice. Fortunately, no one was injured when the plows tipped over.
When driving conditions become this severe, it is advised that drivers slow down, be extra cautious, prepare for slippery roads, make sure never to follow too closely behind any vehicles (especially larger vehicles like snow plows), and make sure that your full attention is on the road at all times.
Missouri has not been the only state affected by the snow and ice storms. All across the Midwest drivers have been facing hazardous conditions. Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma have also been reporting their fair share of accidents.
Paducah, Kentucky resident, Penny Free, 63, was traveling with her 5-year-old granddaughter, heading eastbound on I-24E, when she lost control of her vehicle. Her Buick Roadmaster spun around and struck a semi truck directly behind her. Both vehicles came to stop on the median.
It took about an hour for the semi truck to be extricated from the median.
Free sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
That evening an accident involving an SUV and two semi trucks resulted in three fatalities.
The crash occurred around 8 p.m. on the Red River bridge connecting Texas and Oklahoma. The accident happened when the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle (most likely due to the icy roadways) as he was heading south on Highway 69/75. Officers think that the driver was driving just a little too fast for the icy conditions, lost control and struck the bridge. The SUV then bounced off the bridge and slammed into the guardrail, bouncing off that as well, then slamming back into the first guardrail once again. It was at this point that the SUV was hit by the first semi truck. Moments later a second semi truck became involved and also struck the SUV. Finally all three vehicles came to a stop.
The SUV was crushed between the side wall of the bridge and one of the semi trucks.
There were nine total occupants in the SUV. Three people, including one child were killed. The victims were identified as the driver Juan Garcia, 40, of Miami, Okla., passenger Anita Mayorga, 70, of Miami, Okla., and a juvenile.
Neither semi truck driver was injured.
There was another semi truck accident nearby, illustrating just how bad the conditions really were. The road needed to be closed for close to 5 hours while officers dealt with the accidents and ODOT and TxDOT workers sanded the roads.
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