MoDOT is advising not to travel I-44 at Rolla. 

A teenager from Licking was killed Friday morning in an accident as another winter storm hit the area. Texas County is under a winter weather advisory until noon Saturday.

Dead is Charity M. Adams, 16, who was pronounced dead at the scene about 12 miles south of Rolla on U.S. 63 by Phelps County Assistant Coroner Lenox Jones, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Patrolmen said a northbound 1992 Ford Taurus driven by Machaira M. Adams, 20, lost control on ice-covered roadway. The vehicle ran off the right side of the highway and struck a guardrail before overturning, said Sgt. Eric Volkmer.

The driver and a passenger, Abigail H. Adams, 18, also of Licking, were taken with minor injuries to Phelps County Regional Medical Center at Rolla following the 9:35 a.m. wreck. Everyone was wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

A Licking man was injured Friday morning in a Pulaski County crash on Highway 17 just north of Crocker.

Sgt. M.W. Jones said a northbound 2005 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driven by Danny R. Howell, 44, was attempting to avoid a stopped vehicle in the roadway, ran off the highway and struck several trees at about 8:40 a.m.

Howell, whose vehicle was totaled, was taken to a Fort Leonard Wood hospital with minor injuries. Jones said the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Two persons were injured at noon Friday in a Texas County accident caused by slick roads, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Tpr. Myron Downey said a 2003 Ford Explorer driven north of Hidden Valley Road by Diana K. Edeington, 55, of Mountain Grove, lost control on ice, ran off the road and overturned about two miles south of Mountain Grove.

Two passengers, Chance J. Howard, 24; and Terry A. Mings, 55, both of Mountain Grove, received minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital. The vehicle was totaled. Everyone was wearing a seat belt, Downey said.

A rollover accident — with no injuries earlier in the day — was reported on Highway M in western Texas County.

Snow is expected to come to an end this morning. Patchy drizzle will follow — with temperatures remaining around the freezing mark. Major highways are in good traveling condition, MoDOT reports.

Those wanting to check road conditions have several ways to do so: MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at, offers real-time views of road conditions for Missouri’s interstates and major highways. Conditions are color-coded, giving users accurate information at a glance. For more details, users can activate closed circuit video cameras along major routes for instant visual information. The map also shows message boards across the state, highways closures due to crashes or other incidents and has links to similar maps for surrounding states.

For smartphone and tablet users, MoDOT’s Traveler Information App brings the same information to your mobile devices. Users can select road condition and work zone options from the map’s legend, and view the same cameras and message boards found on desktop version of the map. The app is available for free at the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.

If you prefer, tailor MoDOT’s email and text alerts to your specific needs. Sign up to receive information about individual counties or routes by subscribing to MoDOT’s e-update system, at

If MoDOT’s electronic information isn’t convenient for you, pick up the phone and call the toll-free customer service center at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Customer service representatives are available to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can give current road conditions for anywhere in the state.

Remember, even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick with ice or snow. MoDOT crews will work hard to treat and clear state routes as the winter weather hits, but it’s important to allow extra time for travel and check road conditions before you head out.

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