A light coating of ice forced the closure of schools Monday in the county.

Two residents from Licking were injured Sunday afternoon when their vehicle skidded out of control on ice, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Tpr. Terry Nelson of the patrol said a westbound 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Billie J. Sims, 39, ran off the roadway and struck a tree on Highway VV about six miles east of Licking.

A passenger, Richard D. Sims, 48, was taken by ambulance with moderate injuries to Texas County Memorial Hospital. The driver refused treatment, Nelson said. Both were wearing seat belts, he said. The vehicle sustained extensive damage.

Weather also contributed to other accidents.

Three residents from Licking were injured Sunday morning when their vehicle went out-of-control on snow-covered Highway AW south of Fort Leonard Wood.

Sgt. M.W. Jones of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a northbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Thomas B. Gilbert, 46, crossed the centerline and sideswiped a southbound 2009 Chevrolet Traverse operated by Amanda A. Copley, 30, of Newburg. The Gilbert vehicle overturned, coming to rest on the side of the roadway, Jones said.

Gilbert, 46; and his wife, Marian J. Gilbert, 45; and their daughter, Megan E. Gilbert, 19, all of Licking, were taken to a Fort Leonard Wood hospital. Thomas and Marian Gilbert had moderate injuries. Their daughter’s injuries were deemed minor. Their SUV was totaled, Jones said.

All drivers were wearing seat belts, Jones said.

Members of the Roby Fire Department assisted.

A Plato woman was injured Sunday when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on ice-covered Highway 17 in northwest Texas County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A 1997 Ford F150 driven southbound by Denise K. Thompson, 50, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch, said Tpr. Myron Downey. Thompson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The truck sustained minor damage following the mishap about one mile south of Evening Shade, Downey said.


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