Multiple crashes over past week

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A white panel van sits at the side of eastbound Interstate 70 near Concordia Monday, March 23, after crashing at approximately 5 p.m. According to radio traffic, a motorist who witnessed the crash, and called emergency services, said the van went off the side of the road where it struck the guard cables in the center median. Injury information was not available by publication. (Charles Dunlap/The Concordian)

Multiple crashes over the past week have affected motorists in Lafayette County. The most recent crash was at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Shannon W. Hocking, 39, of Higginsville, was driving a 1997 Dodge when it crashed at Page City Road one mile west of Route 213. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Hocking was traveling eastbound and swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway. The vehicle then went off the right side of the roadway. She received moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Lafayette Regional Health Center, in Lexington. She was wear ing a safety device, the report stated. MSHP troopers were assisted by Lafayette County Sheriff deputies.

At approximately 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, a white panel van crashed west of Concordia on Intestate 70 near the eastbound rest stop. According to radio traffic, a motorist who witnessed the crash said the van went off the side of the road where it struck the guard cables in the center median. Injury information was not available by the time of publication.

Then Friday, March 20, at 12:20 p.m. a 2007 Nissan, driven by Monoleto O. Morand, 40, of Marshall, crashed on westbound I-70 at the 34-mile marker. The vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway and into the median, according to a MSHP report. Morand then overcorrected causing the vehicle to travel off the north side of the roadway and come to rest in a ditch. Morand received moderate injuries, along with occupants Elizabeth D. Lewis, 45, of Marshall, and Josiah A. Lewis, 9, of Marshall, who received minor injuries.

They were all transported to Centerpoint Medical Center, in Independence by Odessa EMS. A third occupant, Richard W. Rodden, 45, of Marshall, received no injuries and refused treatment. The driver and occupants were all wearing safety devices, the report stated.

Another crash on I-70 approximately at the 34-mile marker happened at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. A 2006 Ford Escape driven by Brenda J. Mattoon, 46, of Grain Valley, was overtaking a 1997 Chevrolet truck driven by Donald W. Rainey, 60, of Odessa, and the Escape was struck from behind, according to a MSHP report. Mattoon received minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Centerpoint. Both vehicles were totaled. The drivers of both vehicles were wearing safety devices, the report stated.

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