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Four wrecks in two hours keep troopers racing Monday afternoon
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Aug. 17, 2009) — Four separate wrecks in or near Pulaski County kept emergency personnel racing to respond for much of Monday afternoon.

The first of the wrecks happened at 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 44 about 10 miles east of Lebanon in Laclede County near Hazelgreen. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Ronny T. Ross, 22, of Fort Leonard Wood, had been eastbound in a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and was passing a tractor-trailer when the truck began to change lanes. Ross ran off the left side of the road and struck the median cables, causing extensive damage to his car but only minor injuries to himself.

Ross, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital by St. John’s Ambulance District personnel. His vehicle was removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

Just an hour later, troopers received a report of a two-vehicle head-on crash about three miles north of Crocker on Highway 133. Troopers reported that Daniel J. Boyd, 48, of Waynesville, had been northbound in a 1988 Ford pickup when he lost control on wet pavement at 2:30 p.m., crossed the center line, and struck a southbound 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix head-on that was driven by Jennifer K. Jones, 51, of Crocker.

Boyd wasn’t hurt but Jones and her passenger, Payton Jones-Green, 7, also of Crocker, both suffered moderate injuries and were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. All three people had been wearing their seat belts.

Both vehicles were totaled; Boyd’s pickup was removed by Jack’s Towing and Jones’ car was removed by Gene’s Towing of Crocker.

Rain also contributed to a one-vehicle rollover wreck on Interstate 44 near the Phelps/Pulaski county line about 15 miles west of Rolla. Troopers reported that James Zaverdas, 49, of Schaumburg, Ill., had been westbound at 2:53 p.m. in a 2002 GMC Safari when he lost control on wet pavement, crossed the center line, and entered the median. His vehicle then struck the median cable and overturned, causing moderate damage to the vehicle and minor injuries to himself and his passenger, Michael S. Staley, 43, of New Lennox, Ill.

Both men had been wearing their seat belts and were transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center by Phelps County Ambulance personnel. The vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing.

A wreck just south of the Pulaski/Maries county line on Highway 133 about 10 miles south of Meta caused serious injuries to Richard F. Bax, 69, of St. Elizabeth.

Troopers reported that Bax had been driving a 2003 Ford northbound at 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle ran across the roadway to the left, went off the road and then struck a fence and a tree before stopping.

Bax was transported by ambulance to Capital Regional Hospital in Jefferson City; it wasn’t known whether he had been wearing his seat belt. His vehicle was extensively damaged and removed by Beck Motors.

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