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Tech Park planner for FLW crashes during Friday rainstorm in Rolla
Tech Park planner for FLW crashes during Friday rainstorm in Rolla

Ron Selfors
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 8, 2009) — The man who helped guide the creation and expansion of the University of Missouri Tech Park on Fort Leonard Wood avoided injury in a crash that sent two other people to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Ron Selfors, 63, of Dixon, now works as a development and program support specialist for Missouri Enterprise assigned to the tech park and was previously the deputy garrison commander at Fort Leonard Wood. Selfors said he was on his way to work when high winds and wet roads combined to cause a crash at Exit 184 in Rolla.

Selfors was eastbound on Interstate 44 at 10:22 a.m. Friday when, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup and a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle struck each other while both were eastbound. Both vehicles then slid off the right side of the roadway.

Selfors, who had been wearing his seat belt, was not hurt. However, the Volkswagen driver, Robert W. Bechtel, 53, of Marshfield, had not been wearing his seat belt and suffered minor injuries Bechtel’s passenger, Deborah A. Bechtel, 23, also of Marshfield, had been wearing her seat belt and suffered minor injuires. Both were transported by Phelps County Ambulance while their Volkswagen, which had been extensively damaged, was removed by C&C Towing.

Selfors’ pickup had only minor damage and was towed by Dishman’s Towing.

Neither driver was ruled to be at fault due to weather conditions, Selfors said.

“It was real windy, he had the little VW and I had a big pickup. I think the wind blew him into me, we made contact, we both started hydroplaning and spinning around, and we both ended up in the ditch,” Selfors said. “I was totally unhurt; they were both walking around.”

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