PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 2, 2009) — Following a wild weekend of snow squalls and wrecks, state troopers released the traffic crash reports from numerous Saturday wrecks that shut down portions of Interstate 44 and caused numerous problems around the area.
While many of the crashes affecting Pulaski County involved wrecks near the county’s borders just across the county lines in Laclede or Phelps counties, two of the weekend crashes happened in Pulaski County.
At 9:45 a.m., when Hazelgreen firefighters received a report of a two-vehicle wreck three miles west of the Waynesville city limits, around mile marker 150 on Interstate 44.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Richard W. Hill, 48, of St. Charles, was westbound in a 2004 Ford Escape when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche that was facing westbound in the northbound ditch after avoiding a previous accident.
Hill was not hurt but his vehicle was moderately damaged and removed by Jack’s Towing of Waynesville. Four people in the Chevrolet Avalanche, the driver, Jesus M. Favela, 55, of Melrose Park, Ill., his wife Marcellina, 48, and two daughters, Elsa, 16, and Marcellina, 10, all suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. The Favelas’ Avalanche sustained minor damage and was able to be driven from the scene.
All five people had been wearing their seat belts.
That crash led to another near the same location at 10:41 a.m. Troopers reported that Erno K. Fehervari, 33,of Des Plaines, Ill., was westbound in a 2001 Volvo tractor-trailer unit when he struck the rear of a 2003 GMC Safari van that was stopped and waiting to merge into the left lane due to a traffic backup from a prior accident.
The truck driver was not hurt, but the van driver, John W. Fuhrman, 61, of Hawk Point, his wife, Cynthia Fuhrman, 53, and three passengers, Rustam Fuhrman, 14, of Hawk Point, Mark Stief, 49, of O’Fallon, and Mary Stief, 48, also of O’Fallon, all suffered minor injuries but and refused treatment at the accident scene.
All six people had been wearing their seat belts. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were driven from the accident scene.