Being mistaken for a turkey is no laughing matter. But that is exactly what happened in a Missouri hunting accident in Andrew County on April 29. A 39-year-old man was returning to his fellow hunter and their car at Honey Creek Conservation when he was shot in the head by someone who thought he was a turkey. While the nature and extent of the head injury was not clear from initial reports, he was rushed by ambulance to the Heartland Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to another hospital.
One of the most frightening thoughts any of us might have is to be helplessly stuck on train tracks as a locomotive charges toward us with no more than a few moments to rush to safety. A train accident is often treacherous, whether it occurs in Missouri or anyplace else, if for no other reason than the difference in size between the train and virtually any other vehicle with which it may collide. At times, obstructed views, poorly marked railroad crossings and even a train speeding on the tracks may explain the wreck that occurs. When that other vehicle is a car, the consequences are often disastrous. Unfortunately, two people ended up in a similar situation in St. Louis on April 24.
A fiery one-vehicle accident in Stone County has sent three Reeds Spring residents to the hospital, where they were each said to be fighting for their lives. The Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed that rescue crews were called to the scene of the car accident a bit before 4 p.m. on March 18.
Eighteen families working on an undisclosed number of Missouri farms northwest of Columbia have settled a lawsuit against Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. for $10 million. The lawsuit covers a time period that spanned from 1983 until the early part of 2009. The claims alleged that victims suffered brain injuries and other problems from the use of a dangerous chemical, hexavalent chromium, as a fertilizer on farms located in Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb and Andrew counties. The engineering company admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but for a portion of the time covered by the lawsuit, it acted as a consultant to the tannery that provided the objectionable chemical.
A 45-year-old Eldon man is fighting for his life at University Hospital in Columbia after a tragic car accident on Feb. 6 in which he was struck twice while trying to cross Highway 63 in Ashland, Missouri.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 31-year-old Columbia man was hit by a vehicle as he tried to cross the road late last month just east of Route N. The man sustained injuries and had to be transported to Boone Hospital Center, where he was listed in serious condition. He was later transferred to University Hospital. It is not known if the 45-year-old driver of the vehicle was injured or if he was charged with any traffic violations related to the car accident.
Missouri residents know that distracted driving can cause an accident in the amount of time it takes to glance away from the road. Sometimes it is just to change the channel on the radio or maybe to retrieve something from the glove box. It seems like car wrecks caused by inattention are on the rise in Missouri, and it is not always immediately clear what happened. Up in Adair County, an elderly man escaped death in an accident where it is still not entirely clear what happened.
Columbia, Missouri, residents who lose loved ones to a car accident or suffer personal injury as the result of someone else's negligence may be entitled to compensation under Missouri law. And the family of a man killed in a car accident at the Missouri military base Fort Leonard Wood may have cause for a wrongful death claim following the results of the investigation into the accident.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently replacing numerous crossover intersections that have J-turns, in hopes that it will reduce the number of T-bone collisions in the area. One such car accident occurred on the morning of Sept. 29, when a car attempting to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 63 just south of Columbia was T-boned by another vehicle. According to police, the driver who was attempting to cross the street pulled out in front of the approaching car.
A 29-year-old Columbia, Missouri, woman was injured recently in a rollover car accident, after she noticed another vehicle coming toward her.