Troop I Records Two Fatalities Over Labor Day Weekend

Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol recorded two fatalities during Labor Day weekend, one in Phelps County that claimed the life of an Oklahoma man and another in Dent County where an Arkansas man was killed.

Overall, there were five accidents investigated by the patrol over the weekend.

The first fatal wreck was Friday at 4:20 p.m. on Interstate 44 at the 170 mile marker.

The highway patrol said a 2011 Toyota Avalon driven by Joseph Jaegers, 82, Shawnee, Oklahoma, was traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert, a treet and a fiber cable post.

The vehicle continued on and struck a second culvert before going airborne.

Jaegers was taken to Phelps County Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

A passenger, Lola Jaegers, 82, Shawnee, had serious injuries and was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

Both occupants were wearing safety devices.

Another fatal accident occurred Saturday on Highway ZZ in Dent County.

Nicholas J. Easton, 40, Paragould, Arkansas, lost control of his 1992 Jeep Cherokee, which overturned. He was partially ejected.

Easton was transported to Salem Hospital and pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m.

North Carolina man injured: A North Carolina man had moderate injuries on Friday when he crashed on Interstate 44 at the 161 mile marker in Pulaski County.

Larry Knight, 39, Plymouth, North Carolina, drove off he road in his 2006 Chevrolet Malibu and struck a cable barrier.

He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon. The highway patrol said Knight was wearing a safety device.

Lonedell man injured in Bourbon: The patrol reported that a Lonedell man had moderate injuries on Saturday morning when he crashed on Highway J, a half-mile north of I-44.

Michael T. Osborn, 56, traveled off the right side of the road at 2:25 a.m., over-corrected and went off the left side. He struck several rock embankments then came to a rest.

Osborn was taken to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital. He was wearing a safety device.

Richland teen has minor injuries: A Richland teen had minor injuries after striking a ditch on Highway BB, seven miles north of Richland.

Tyler Bolan, 18, traveled off the left side of the road in his 2016 Scion IA. He was not wearing a safety device.

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