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Two drivers hurt in separate Monday crashes in Crocker, Saint Robert
Two drivers hurt in separate Monday crashes in Crocker, Saint Robert

This car rolled over after its driver hit a semi while merging onto I-44.
SAINT ROBERT/CROCKER, Mo. (Dec. 22, 2009) — Two separate crashes on Monday wrecked two vehicles and sent two drivers to area hospitals for treatment.

St. Robert police, St. Robert firefighters and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel responded to a 3:30 p.m. wreck just west of the Interstate 44 westbound on-ramp at Exit 161 involving a semi truck and a red 2008 Hyundai Elantra passenger car that had rolled over and landed in the median between I-44 and St. Robert Boulevard. Initial reports from passing motorists indicated that the car might have come off St. Robert Boulevard but St. Robert city personnel were able to confirm that the wreck happened on the interstate and called state troopers for assistance.

According to state patrol reports, Aaron C. McVey, 30, of Fort Leonard Wood, was driving the Hyundai and entering westbound I-44 from Highway Y when he failed to yield to a 1999 Peterbilt semi truck driven by Larry D. Farley, 36, of Redbud, Ill., who was also driving westbound, and struck the semi in the side before skidding into the roadside ditch and overturning.

Farley was not hurt; his semi truck had minor damage but was able to be driven from the scene of the crash. McVey suffered minor injuries but his car was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing; McVey was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

Both drivers had been wearing their seat belts.

Later that night, Crocker firefighters and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel received a call from a mother who said her son had gone off the roadway on Highway 17 near the Crocker VFW post north of town and was far off the roadway. When emergency personnel responded, they found a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Jeremy M. Herron, 20, of Crocker, had been extensively damaged.

According to state patrol reports, Herron had been southbound about three miles north of the city limits when he ran off the left side of the roadway about 9:55 p.m. and collided with a fence.

Herron, who had not been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach. His pickup was removed by Gene’s Towing.

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