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Kansas man killed over holiday

Friday, November 23, 2001

SIKESTON - Area law enforcement officials have another

reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving. No major

problems were reported by area sheriff and police

departments during Thursday's holiday.

However, there were several holiday accidents,

including one that killed a Kansas man and injured

four passengers.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident

occurred at 9:02 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 55, one

mile south of New Madrid, when 48-year-old David Jones

of Topeka fell asleep at the wheel of his southbound

vehicle.

The vehicle then ran off the left side of the roadway

and into the median.

The front seat passenger then grabbed the steering

wheel, causing the vehicle to reenter the roadway and

continue traveling into the ride road ditch,

overturning in a field.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sustaining moderate injuries were Wayne Jordan, 55,

who was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape

Girardeau and Lisa Bush, 25, who was taken to Missouri

Delta Medical Center in Sikeston; Kierra Wright, 6,

who was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious

injuries; and Zytaya Bush, 7, whose injuries were

minor and was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center

in Sikeston.

All were from Topeka.