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Area crashes injure two on Sunday, early Monday morning

LEBANON/JEROME, Mo. (UPDATED 4:34 p.m., Dec. 22, 2008) — A St. Robert driver was hurt Sunday in a crash near Lebanon while a semi truck rollover early Monday morning on Interstate 44 east of Pulaski County attracted considerable attention from motorists.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials reported at 9:27 a.m. Monday that work crews had begun offloading the tractor trailer on eastbound I-44 atmile marker 172.7 an hour earlier. The eastbound left lane was closed for offloading thatt was delayed repeatedly and finally completed at 4:34 p.m., after a temporary closure of all lanes that ran from 4:04 p.m. to 4:34 p.m. 

Troopers reported that Sandra A. Simental, 56, of St. Robert, was northbound at 5:40 p.m. Sunday in a 2007 Chrysler on Route B about five miles south of Lebanon when she failed to stop at a stop sign and ran into the path of an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet driven by Jason E. Delong, 28, of Lebanon, who struck Simental’s Chrysler on the driver’s side. Delong’s vehicle came to rest on the north side of the roadway.

Neither driver was hurt but a passenger in Delong’s vehicle, Stephanie Delong, 22, also of Lebanon, suffered moderate injuries and wwas transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon.

Simentel’s Chrysler sustained extensive damage and was removed by C&C’s Towing of Lebanon. Delong’s Chevrolet was moderately damaged but could still be driven from the scene.

State troopers received numerous calls following a 12:45 a.m. Monday wreck of a semi truck carrying groceries on Interstate 44 near mile marker 172, about 12 miles west of Rolla.

Initial reports indicated no injuries but troopers eventually reported that the driver, Dean P. Johnson, 42, of Springfield, had suffered minor injuries. He refused medical treatment at the crash scene.

Troopers reported that Johnson had been westbound in a 2000 International tractor-trailer unit when he began braking and ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a road sign, came back on the roadway, left the road again and overturned in the median.

The semi was moderately damaged and removed by C&C Towing of Rolla.

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