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Putnam County car accident: 2 parents dead, 4 children injured

Regrettably, motor vehicle accidents occur all over the state of Missouri. While we can take steps to reduce their occurrence, it is seemingly impossible to avoid them altogether. Whether in Columbia or another part of the state, lives can end in a moment of time and others may change forever. On the afternoon of March 16 up in Putnam County, four children were seriously injured and also left without a parent after a car accident in which all six occupants were not restrained by seat belts.

A 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were both killed in the car accident after their SUV went off the road eastbound on U.S. 136 near Hartford. The Missouri State Patrol initially reported that the male driver apparently veered across the center line of the highway. He then apparently over-corrected, leading to the single-vehicle crash. The car overturned several times before coming to a stop.

The man's twin 7-year-old boys as well as the woman's 10-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter were all injured in the accident. The survivors received injuries ranging from moderate to serious, though no further word on their medical condition was initially reported.

Sadly, these two families experienced the tragedy that so often stems from serious car accidents. They are now likely hoping for the recovery of the children while also mourning the loss of the two adults. Words cannot do justice to the pain and suffering each family will encounter as they attempt to cope with the aftermath of this fatal car accident.

Source:, "Eastern Mo. crash kills 2, injures 4 children," March 17, 2012

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