A seven-year-old Carthage girl was killed and four others were hurt when a driver lost control of his pickup on an icy bridge on Interstate 49 south of Nevada early Saturday morning.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it was one of a number of accidents caused that happened when an episode of light freezing moisture fell overnight Saturday.
This accident happened at 7:07 a.m. in Vernon County, three miles south of Nevada.
Landry F. Heese, 7, was killed, while the driver, Daniel D. Castor, 33, and passengers Kip Castor, 7; Andrew M. Heese, 39; and Avery J. Heese, 10, were injured in the crash.
Daniel Castor and Andrew and Avery Beese were taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, while Kip Castor was taken to Nevada Regional Hospital.
The patrol said the accident happened when Castor was driving north on I-49 when he lost control on an ice-covered roadway, went off the road and down an embankment and overturned.
The patrol said Landry Heese was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
The patrol also said Avery Heese was the only one in the vehicle using a seatbelt.
Landry Heese’s death was the sixth in Southwest Missouri this year.
An El Dorado Springs woman also died in an accident involving an ice-covered road at 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning on Missouri Highway 32 west of Stockton in Cedar County.
Meteorologist Andy Foster, with the National Weather Service office in Springfield, said a line of light freezing rain, sleet and snow moved through the area around 7 a.m. on Saturday.
The moisture, combined with sub-freezing temperatures left a glaze of ice on the highways.
“It lasted less than an hour, but it was just enough to form ice on the road,” Foster said. It was very light, but sometimes that makes it worse because people don’t expect problems. Any time you are driving in winter, you have to be on alert for ice.”
A Sarcoxie man was injured in a single-vehicle accident also caused by ice on I-49 just south of Carthage at 7:48 a.m., Saturday.
Collin G. Bergen, 34, Sarcoxie, was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin after the accident that happened on I-49 two miles south of Carthage.
The patrol said Bergen was traveling north when he lost control of his car on an ice-covered bridge, slid off the right side of the road and hit a tree.
A Springdale, Ark., resident was hurt in a two-vehicle crash, also related to icy roads, at 7:55 a.m. Saturday on I-44, half a mile west of Sarcoxie.
The patrol said David Lopez-Centeno, 27, Springdale, was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin after the accident. The driver of Lopez-Centeno’s vehicle, Fernando Centeno and the other driver, Shawn Altic, 41, Pleasant Hope, were not injured.
Page 2 of 2 - The patrol said Altic’s 1995 Ford van had been involved in a previous accident and was stopped facing east in the westbound lane of I-44 when Centeno lost control of his car on an icy bridge and hit Altic’s van.