The first major winter storm of the year hit Monday, causing accidents, closing schools and some businesses. About four inches of snow fell on the Houston area, which created treacherous travel.
Snow began falling early Monday, and the rate accelerated by afternoon. All county schools were closed Tuesday for a second day.
At about 1:45 p.m. Monday authorities were called east of Houston near Ice’s Corner where a vehicle landed in a creek after leaving East Highway 17. No one was apparently injured. The Texas County Rescue Squad was called to the scene, and a trooper and county officer left for a southern Texas County wreck.
At least eight persons were injured Monday as snow hit the region, causing accidents and sending vehicles sliding off roadways.
Five men were injured Monday afternoon — three of them seriously — in a wreck about seven miles south of Summersville, the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Emergency personnel from Summersville and Mountain View also responded.
Hurt are: Matthew J. Bunch, 20, of Mountain View, who was sent to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by ambulance; Blaize A. Johnson, 25, of Summersville, who was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains; Chase A. Mira, 21, of Summersville, also was taken to the West Plains hospital; Bradley G. Bell, 29, of Summersville, who was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View; and Jackie D. Mattison, 31, of Summersville, who was sent by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View.
Tpr. R.M. Greenan said Bunch, Johnson and Mira were serious and Bell and Mattison had moderate injuries.
He said the accident happened when Bunch’s vehicle slid into the back of Bell’s Jeep. Bunch’s 1995 Chevrolet was then hit by a 1997 Chevrolet driven by Mattison. Vehicles belonging to Bunch and Mattison were totaled. The other had moderate damage. No one except Bell was wearing a seat belt.
Three persons were injured Monday afternoon in a crash about six miles north of Houston on U.S. 63.
Tpr. Dale Pounds said a northbound 1999 Mercury driven by Judy Mundy, 62, of Raymondville, lost control on the snow-covered roadway, crossed the centerline and struck a 2012 Nissan NDMC truck operated by Billy W. Thomas, 46, of Nixa.
Mundy and a passenger, Donna L. Williams, 49, of Licking, were transported with moderate injuries to Texas County Memorial Hospital.
Everyone was wearing a seat belt, Pounds said. Mundy’s vehicle was totaled; the other had moderate damage.
Roby emergency responders were called Monday night to Highway TT, where a milk transport truck was reported overturned. There were no injuries.
MoDOT said at about 2:15 p.m. Monday that U.S. 63 north of Houston — from Adair Drive to Dixon Road — was reduced to one lane. At 3:24 p.m. traffic had resumed both ways.
A late-afternoon accident closed U.S. 63 near Sommerfield Drive after a vehicle struck a utility pole, knocking an electrical line across the highway. Emergency personnel and a city crew responded. Traffic was backed up as far as the eye could see.