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Sunday rollover on I-44 seriously injures FLW driver, Rolla passenger
ST. ROBERT, Mo. (April 20, 2009) — A Sunday afternoon wreck injured three people and snarled traffic on Interstate 44 for more than an hour.

The rollover wreck at 3:09 p.m. on westbound Interstate 44 in St. Robert seriously injured two adults, ejecting one of them.

Missouri Department of Transportation personnel issued a road hazard alert at 3:20 p.m. that the wreck at mile marker 163, the exit to Highway 28 toward Dixon and Route Z toward St. Robert, had one lane of traffic closed, leaving only one lane open to through traffic and causing delays. The wreck was cleared by 4:11 p.m., MoDOT personnel reported.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Eric J. Jacques, 24, of Fort Leonard Wood, was driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima westbound when he lost control on wet pavement, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming partly to rest on the roadway.

Jacques, who had not been wearing his seat belt, was ejected onto the roadway. Jacques and one of his two passengers, Aja T. Jackson, 28, of Rolla, both suffered serious injuries and were transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics. Jackson had been wearing her seat belt and her daughter, Jordan L. Smallwood, 6, also of Rolla, was in a child restraint device. Smallwood suffered minor injuries but was also transported to the same hospital for treatment.

Jacques’ car was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing of St. Robert.

In an unrelated incident early Saturday morning, troopers reported that they arrested Carlon J. Robins, 24, of Ada, Okla., at 12:45 a.m. in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated by drugs and driving while his license was suspended. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

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