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Big Piney boat wreck hurts three, one seriously, late Saturday evening

CROCKER, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — A Saturday evening boat wreck on the Big Piney River hurt two Crocker residents and one St. Louis man, according to Missouri State Water Patrol reports.

Mark J. Wagoner, 23, of St. Louis, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center after the jon boat in which he was riding traveled westward downstream, hit several large rocks about 6:40 p.m., and was ejected into the water along with Katrina M. Connour, 22, and Tozh R. Smith, 28, both of Crocker. Smith, who was operating the boat, and Connour, who along with Wagoner was a passenger, both declined medical attention though they were checked out by ambulance personnel who reported Connour had minor injuries and Smith had moderate injuries.

The crash happened about a half-mile east of the St. Robert city limits. None of the occupants had been wearing safety devices.

Also on Sunday, Waynesville firefighters responded to a crash on Interstate 44 at mile marker 167 with two semi trucks involved but no injuries. According to the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District, firefighters were dispatched at 12:26 p.m., helped clear the roadway of debris, and returned to the fire station at 12:55 p.m.

Missouri Department of transportation personnel reported the crash was in the eastbound lanes and blocked the right lane, with the roadway fully reopened by 1:30 p.m.

In unrelated weekend incidents, state troopers arrested two people:

  • At 1:19 a.m. Sunday, June 22, Donald E. Brown, 52, of Laquey, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated with a prior DWI offense, careless and imprudent driving, and no proof of insurance. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.
  • At 2:20 a.m. Sunday, June 22, Daniel S. Woods, 39, of St. Robert, was arrested by troopers in Crawford County on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense; driving without a valid license; failure to display valid plates; and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. Troopers transported him to the Cuba Police Department where he was subsequently released.

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