A Howell County Sheriff’s Department patrol car hit ice on the Indian Creek bridge south of Houston and slid into the path of pickup Thursday afternoon, killing two and injuring four, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Laura A. Whittingham, a 35-year-old law enforcement student from Koshkonong who was riding in the front passenger’s seat, and prisoner Lisa G. Oliver, 36, of Falcon, suffered fatal injuries in the 4:20 p.m. accident.
Deputy Dennis D. Maddux, 53, of Willow Springs is listed in critical condition at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He has been placed into a chemically induced coma with injuries that include two punctured lungs, broken ribs and trauma on the brain. He was taken by air evac from TCMH Thursday night.
A prisoner, Larry A. Marsh, 33, of Bakersfield, was transferred by ambulance from TCMH to Cox South in Springfield with serious injuries.
Maddux was driving the southbound Howell County patrol car when it collided with a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Michael L. Best, 36, of Houston, traveling north.
The mishap – one of many as bridges iced over late Thursday afternoon – set off a multi-agency rescue effort to free victims from the wreckage.
Best and his son, Trenton, 8, were taken to TCMH with less severe injuries, Elliott said.
Oliver, who died at the scene, was being transported from Vandaila and Marsh was picked up at Fulton. Whittingham was pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m. at TCMH.
Maddux joined the department in September 2005. He was assigned to jail duties and the transporting of prisoners.