Eight injured, one killed on icy county roads Tuesday

Multiple wrecks injured several and killed one on icy Texas County roads Tuesday.

Accidents were reported at several locations as a sheet of ice formed on some highways.

At 4:10 p.m., an accident near Twin Bridges north of Houston involved multiple vehicles. Two were injured, both age 21, and a 51-year-old Houston man killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has not yet released a report, pending notification of kin.

A Houston man received moderate injuries following a wreck Tuesday afternoon about three miles south of Licking on U.S. 63, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Tpr. Scott Nelson said a northbound 1997 Chevrolet driven by Melvin C. DeWitt, 65, lost control on a patch of ice and struck a rock embankment. DeWitt, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital, Nelson said.

A Round Rock, Texas, couple also was hurt Tuesday afternoon about five miles north of Licking on U.S. 63 after their southbound 2002 Chevrolet pickup skidded off the roadway on ice and struck a rock embankment, Nelson said.

The driver, Allison C. Kimbrough, 31, was taken to TCMH with moderate injuries, Nelson said. A passenger, Jefferson D. Kimbrough, 33, was not injured.

At 3:45 p.m., authorities said they were responding to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 17 about two miles north of Success Road. A vehicle was reported on its side, and there are injuries. The Texas County Rescue Squad was called after two persons were reported trapped.

The National Weather Service is reporting a nine-vehicle accident that includes an ambulance south of Summersville on Highway 17.

Roby responders were called to Friend Drive at Plato, where a 68-year-old woman was reported injured with a broken leg.

Officers were also called earlier in the Licking area.

A Highway B accident this morning injured Lisa M. Allen, 40, of Raymondville. Her westbound vehicle struck a patch of ice and ran off the roadway at Raymondville. Allen was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. Her 2004 Chevrolet was totaled.

Another crash occurred on U.S. 63 south of Houston near Highway H. Rescue workers were called after a vehicle went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Summersville emergency personnel were called to multiple wrecks reported in eastern Texas County.

Early this afternoon two vehicles were reported to have slid off Highway 17 in north Texas County at Lindsey Lane.

MoDOT advises caution

Missouri Department of Transportation crews were out early this morning, well before morning traffic began to move, pretreating roadways ahead of predicted freezing rain. As the precipitation arrived, roads quickly became slick and motorists began experiencing difficulties.

MoDOT advises anyone who must drive in these conditions should exercise extreme caution. Motorists should be watchful when traveling on any paved surface but particularly across bridges and overpasses, where air travels underneath, making the surface even colder.

According to MoDOT Maintenance Engineer Henry Haggard, roads will be slick until temperatures begin to rise above freezing, which is not predicted until after noon.

“Ice can be deceiving,” he said. “The road may look wet but actually be slick. Freezing rain tends to appear shiny, leading a driver to think the pavement is only wet.”

Motorists also should be watchful when meeting or coming up behind MoDOT trucks. These trucks may be spreading materials and are equipped with plows, making them wider than normal. “It is always good practice to stay back from the trucks and allow them plenty of room to do their work to keep everyone safe,” Haggard said.

Anyone who must travel state maintained roads is encouraged to save a link to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map in their favorites. Visit www.modot.org/southcentral and clicking on the winter road conditions icon. The traveler information map is updated as new reports are received from MoDOT crews. Customers also may call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT. (275-6636).

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