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Eleven killed in holiday weekend traffic accidents

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

JEFFERSON CITY -- Eleven people were reported killed in traffic accidents on Missouri highways over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, one more than died during the same period a year ago.

William A. Douglas, 23, of Perryville, was the final fatality reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Monday.

The patrol said Douglas was southbound on Route B in Perry County at 4:30 p.m. when he drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and went off the left side of the highway. His vehicle went into a drainage ditch, where it struck an embankment and overturned.

James D. Bales, 71, of Ellington, was killed at 1:55 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle ran off Missouri 21 near Ellington, went over a guard rail, struck a tree and overturned, the patrol said.

Earlier Sunday, Claud Hicks, 81, of Fair Grove was killed at 7:03 a.m. in Greene County just north of Springfield. The patrol said Hicks was southbound on Route H when a northbound car crossed the center line and struck Hicks' vehicle head-on.

Casey Galasso, 22, of Ballwin, and Jason Faigle, 26, of Hillsboro, died in a single-car crash Saturday morning in Franklin County when the car they were in skidded across the center lane, ran off the road and hit a tree, the patrol said.

Anthony Sprugeon, 25, of Festus, was killed at 1 a.m. Saturday on a Perry County highway in McBride when the southbound car he was driving hit the rear of a tractor-trailer, the patrol said.

Kevin Morrow, 32, of Neosho, died in a single-car crash when his vehicle ran off the right side of U.S. 54 in Laddonia and struck a building and utility pole about 9:15 p.m. Friday, the patrol said.

Phillip Logan, 58, of Hartville, was killed at 7:15 p.m. Friday when the northbound vehicle he was driving crossed the center lane and struck a sport utility vehicle head-on in the rain on Missouri 60 in Willow Springs, the patrol said. Passenger Darlene Lynch, 53, of Hartville, was pronounced dead at a Springfield hospital.

Cory M. Vandament, 17, of Festus, died Friday when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger ran off Route TT near Festus and struck a tree about 6:20 p.m.

Wallace Petro, 83, of Peekskill, N.Y., was killed about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in an accident on eastbound Interstate 44 near St. Clair.

Last year, 10 people were killed in traffic crashes during the Labor Day holiday counting period which runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.