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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Michigan man dies in I-44 crash near Rolla

  • A crash early Sunday morning on Interstate 44 west of Rolla claimed the life of a Michigan man.
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  • A crash early Sunday morning on Interstate 44 west of Rolla claimed the life of a Michigan man.
    According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol incident report, Lawrence L. Woods. 54, of Detroit, Mich., died in the crash on westbound I-44 at the 182 mile marker.
    Woods was driving a 2014 Kenworth tractor-trailer westbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the interstate, struck a sign, a guardrail and multiple trees.
    Woods was wearing a seat belt, the patrol reported. Woods was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m. by Phelps County Deputy Coroner Lenox Jones.
    The crash was reported at 4:33 a.m. The vehicle was totaled.
    This is the 16th fatality this year in the patrol’s Troop I area, which covers Phelps and five other south central Missouri counties.
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