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Waynesville schools close; three crashes so far

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Bad weather conditions have closed two Pulaski County school districts and Fort Leonard Wood officials report that personnel have a two-hour delay for reporting to work today.

The Waynesville R-VI School District, which is often one of the last area districts to close, was among the first today, announcing its decision about 5:30 a.m. Early reports indicate the Laquey R-V School District is also closed today.

Fort Leonard Wood officials report that post road conditions are “amber” and there had been one accident overnight.

“Polla Road is 30 percent ice covered and the bridge is slick but the road is passable with caution,” according to Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Alley.

Amber conditions mean, according to the post’s safety office, that road conditions are difficult to hazardous.

Drivers must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit to maintain traction and a safe stopping distance during amber road conditions, according to the post’s safety office.

Those who want more information about the post’s status and weather conditions may contact the automated reporting system at (573) 596-4141.

As of 6:16 a.m., National Weather Service officials reported a 30 percent chance of snow before 9 a.m. with cloudy weather conditions gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 34 degrees. Wind chill values are expected to drop as low as 16 degrees, with a north wind between 7 and 9 mph. Conditions tonight are expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 20 degrees and a north wind around 6 mph.

State troopers reported two injury crashes Tuesday night.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, a head-on crash on Highway 28 about a mile north of St. Robert at 7:50 p.m. wrecked two vehicles and sent a St. Robert woman to an area hospital.

Troopers reported that Lucila L. Haggard, 41, of St. Robert, was westbound on Highway 28 headed toward Road Ranger in a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan when she slid on the roadway, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2001 Dodge Ram pickup head-on driven by Newton A. York, 19, of Dixon. The vehicles came to rest in the roadway.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged and removed by Jack’s Towing.

Haggard suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla; York was not hurt. Both drivers had been wearing their seat belts.

Due to handling numerous other crashes, troopers asked for assistance from St. Robert police and firefighters until they could arrive on the scene.

A second crash at 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 44 at mile marker 158 totaled a Fort Leonard Wood woman’s vehicle but caused her only minor injuries.

Troopers reported that Arielle M. Diaz, 23, was eastbound in a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer when she lost control of her vehicle, struck the side of a bridge, returned to the roadway, spun across the road and struck the median cable barrier. Diaz, who had been wearing her seat belt, was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Her vehicle was removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

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