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Wintry roads wreck seven vehicles, injure five people
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 24, 2009) — Icy road conditions contributed to at least seven wrecks late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department personnel reported that they assisted state troopers with five crashes, four on Interstate 44 and one just north of the Gasconade River Bridge to Crocker on Highway 17. However, only one of the seven crashes resulted in injuries.

No more hazardous weather is expected Saturday, but conditions are likely to deteriorate next week, possibly as early as Monday, according to the Springfield office of the National Weather Service. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are likely early next week and stretching into the middle of the week, according to National Weather Service reports. While ice and snow amounts remain uncertain, there is a potential for significant ice accumulations, according to the reports, with wintry ice conditions likely to begin by late Monday and continue through Tuesday, although uncertainty remains regarding precipitation timing, types and amounts.

Friday night and early Saturday morning weather reports had called for scattered light snow showers and a few sleet pellets possible through the early morning hours. Those weather conditions contributed to five Fort Leonard Wood residents being injured at 10:40 p.m. Friday night about four miles south of Dixon when their northbound 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by Dana P. Raup, 26, lost control on the ice-covered roadway of Highway 28, ran off the road and struck a rock bluff, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and minor injuries to herself and four passengers.

Raup and her passengers, Virginia C. Stiltner, 28, Raup’s two daughters Heavenleigh E. Raup, 5, and Johanah E. Raup, 2, and Stiltner’s daughter Jorja B. Stiltner, 5, all of Fort Leonard Wood, were transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment. The vehicle was removed by Pro Tow of Dixon.

Troopers reported that everybody in the vehicle except the driver had been wearing their seat belts.

Complete information wasn’t available regarding a non-injury crash involving a tractor-trailer unit early Saturday morning on Interstate 44 at mile marker 152 near Buckhorn, but Missouri Department of Transportation personnel reported at 1:35 a.m. that all eastbound lanes were closed due to slick roads and advised drivers to use alternate routes. The roadway was cleared by 2:05 a.m., MoDOT personnel reported.

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