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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Snow to blame for accidents

  • Snow and ice were to blame for several accidents on Missouri’s major highways in Phelps and Pulaski counties Tuesday, including two that involved jackknifed tractor-trailers, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
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  • Snow and ice were to blame for several accidents on Missouri’s major highways in Phelps and Pulaski counties Tuesday, including two that involved jackknifed tractor-trailers, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
    In Pulaski County, at the 149-mile marker on eastbound Interstate 44 near Laquey, a Rolla man was seriously hurt in a four-vehicle crash.
    According to a patrol crash report, the accident, which was reported around 7:43 p.m., occurred when a 2013 Freightliner semi-truck driven by Harlan R. Van Vlaricom, 66, of Long Lane, was westbound on I-44 and lost control of the truck, which traveled across the median, striking an eastbound 2003 Freightliner driven by Sahibjit S. Johal, 39, of Fresno, Calif.
    The 2013 Freightliner jackknifed and slid westbound in the eastbound interstate lanes. The 2013 Freightliner then struck an eastbound 2000 Ford F-350 driven by Walter W. Tindell, 35, of Springfield, Mo., as well as an eastbound 2005 Volkswagen GTI driven by Anthony J. Burns, 29, of Rolla, before the Freightliner came to a rest.
    Burns was taken to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for serious injuries and Jayme L. Thompson, 24, of Richland, a passenger in Burns’s vehicle, was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for moderate injuries.
    Tindell was transported to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon for serious injuries, and Natalia Bailey, 29, of Republic, a passenger in Tindell’s vehicle, was transported to PCRMC for moderate injuries.
    The drivers of both tractor-trailers did not suffer injuries.
    According to the report, all four drivers and both passengers were wearing seat belts. The 2013 Freightliner, Ford F-350 and Volkswagen were all totaled, and the 2003 Freightliner sustained moderate damage.
    Earlier Tuesday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched two different tractor-trailers that were each that jackknifed near the 176- and 174-mile-markers on westbound I-44 in Phelps County.
    Doolittle firefighters were told that one of the semi-trucks was leaking fuel because of a ruptured fuel tank. Fire crews were able to stop the leak quickly using putty.
    There were no injuries in either of the two semi wrecks.
    However, an accident on U.S. Highway 63, about 0.7 miles north of Rolla, Tuesday around 12:05 p.m. did result in a Rolla woman receiving minor injuries.
    The patrol reported that Caitlin G. Bennett, 17, of Rolla, was traveling northbound on Highway 63 in a 2004 Subaru Forester when she lost control on the snow-covered road. The vehicle went down an embankment and struck a tree. The vehicle was totaled.
    Bennett was taken by a family member to PCRMC. She was wearing a seat belt.

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