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Deer-pickup crash snarls traffic Thursday afternoon on Highway T
Deer-pickup crash snarls traffic Thursday afternoon on Highway T

Paramedics and firefighters work to remove the driver from a Thursday afternoon wreck that snarled Highway T traffic.
SWEDEBORG, Mo. (July 16, 2009) — John D. Burton’s red pickup truck has a cattleman’s bumper sticker on its rear fender announcing “Beef-it’s what’s for dinner.”

However, bystander Donna Brashear noted that after Burton’s pickup truck crashed and killed a deer with a multi-pointed rack, his dinner might be venison rather than beef.

Brashear, a nurse who heads the Pulaski County Health Department, was one of several dozen motorists on Highway T who were delayed more than half an hour Thursday afternoon when the deer ran into the path of Burton’s 1995 Ford Ranger XLT pickup at 4:10 p.m. about two miles north of the Gasconade Christian Service Camp, located between Waynesville and Swedeborg.

Waynesville firefighters received wrong information that the crash was closer to Waynesville and therefore in their fire district, drove up Highway T until they located the wreck inside the Crocker fire district, and called Crocker firefighters for assistance. However, firefighters from both fire districts worked together to control traffic until personnel from Gene’s Towing of Crocker arrived and removed the pickup, which sustained minor front-end damage.

Jack’s Towing personnel also responded, but the driver preferred to use Gene’s Towing.

Burton, 27, of Iberia, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. He had been wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and his airbag did deploy.

In unrelated incidents:

• State troopers reported that they arrested Danny R. Eads, 29, of Richland, at 8:32 a.m. Thursday on charges of attempting to manufacture marijuana, a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Troopers transported Eads to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold pending filing of formal charges by the prosecutor.

• Troopers reported that they had arrested Robert B. Allen, 66, of Rolla, at 7:55 p.m. Thursday on charges of driving while intoxicated and of careless and imprudent driving resulting in a non-injury accident. Troopers transported Allen to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

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