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Two FLW drivers wreck south of post

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2008) — A head-on crash seriously injured a Fort Leonard Wood soldier Monday night south of Fort Leonard Wood.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Pvt. Kyle W. Thompson, 18, was westbound at the south gate of Fort Leonard Wood driving a 1997 Chevrolet when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a jersey barrier head-on.

Thompson, who had been wearing his seat belt, was transported by Fort Leonard Wood ambulance to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

Thompson is assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, according to Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Alley.

Another crash south of the post involved a student driver from the United States Marine Corps detachment.

A large military truck rolled over Tuesday afternoon while being driven by a Marine student driver on Highway 32 between Roby and Plato, according to Fort Leonard Wood reports. No one was hurt and the Marines recovered the vehicle, Alley said.

The name of the driver and extent of vehicle damage weren’t immediately available from military sources; the state patrol doesn’t routinely post reports of non-injury crashes.

While most Fort Leonard Wood student driving takes place on post, some does occur off-post, Alley said.

“The Marine policy is different from the Army policy. For the Army it is initial training; for the Marines, it is advanced secondary training,” Alley said. “They have historically been able to train off post because when they are in advanced training, they have already acquired training.”

In an unrelated Sunday morning incident, state troopers arrested a Crocker man on multiple alcohol-related charges.

Troopers reported that at 3:18 a.m., Beau G. Skaggs, 18, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, failure to use his seat belt, no insurance and careless and imprudent driving. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

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