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2 Die in Separate Fatal Crashes on Missouri Icy Roads

Posted: Feb 3, 2013 10:14 AM by Associated Press

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NEVADA, Mo. (AP) - Two people have died in separate fatal crashes on icy southwest Missouri roads.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the first crash happened at 7:07 a.m. Saturday when a pickup truck's driver lost control on an ice-covered stretch of Interstate 49, south of Nevada. The truck went off the road, down an embankment and overturned.

The patrol identified the victim as 7-year-old Landry Heese, of Carthage. The driver of the truck and three other passengers were taken to nearby hospitals.

The second crash happened less than 15 minutes later and about 30 miles to the east. The patrol says a car drove into the path of a tractor-trailer on an ice-covered stretch of Missouri 32, west of Stockton. The car's driver, 62-year-old Mona Purtle, of El Dorado Springs, was killed.

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