A 19-year-old man was injured when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Miller County near the intersection of Highway 42 and State Park Road during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 3rd. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that the injured party is from the Dixon area and was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the incident. He was traveling west on Highway 42 when his vehicle veered off of the road and struck a tree. Following the impact with the tree, the vehicle caught fire and was extinguished after emergency crews arrived on the scene. The victim sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.
A second Lake Area motor vehicle incident was reported later on October 3rd, on Saturday night. A 61-year-old Stover man was involved in a one-vehicle accident in southern Morgan County Saturday night. He was driving south on Ivy Bend Road, near Leprechaun Lane, when his Jeep struck a masonry wall and overturned. The man was ejected from the vehicle and was fatally injured.
Motor vehicle accidents involving injuries are disturbingly common. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 11,389 persons were killed or injured in accidents involving fixed objects—such as trees, walls, signs, or telephone poles—in Missouri in the year 2011. There were 51,846 persons total who were injured or killed in Missouri in 2011 in any type of auto accident, which translates into a mind-blowing statistic of one injury or death due to traffic crashes every 10.1 minutes.
A full list of Missouri motor vehicle accident statistics by category can be found at: