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Rainy roads, wet weather conditions contribute to two Thursday wrecks
HAZELGREEN/DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 8, 2009) — Rainy roads and wet weather conditions contributed to two different wrecks on Thursday, one involving a state trooper.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, William E. Wilson, 48, of Lebanon, had been westbound on Interstate 44 at mile marker 143 near Hazelgreen in Laclede County, just west of the Pulaski County line, when he lost control of his 2001 Dodge Dakota on wet pavement about 4:49 p.m., ran off the road into the median, and struck the barrier cables, causing moderate damage to his pickup and minor injuries to himself.

Wilson, who had been wearing his seat belt, was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for treatment. His vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing.

Wet weather was also a factor in a Thursday evening crash involving Cpl. Donald M. Hedrick, 39, of Waynesville, who was westbound in his 2007 Ford Crown Victoria state patrol car on Route D about four miles south of Dixon when he attempted to make a left-hand turn into a private business at 7:20 p.m., but due to heavy rain, was unable to see the driveway and drove into a ditch. Hedrick, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered no injuries and his patrol car sustained minor damage estimated at $600 to the bumper cover.

The patrol car was able to be driven from the scene after a crash investigation by Sgt. M. Jones and did not require removal by a tow truck.

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