Two people died just minutes apart on Saturday, Feb. 2, in vehicle crashes that were miles apart.
The first mishap took place at 7:07 a.m. three miles south of Nevada on I-49 when the northbound 2003 Ford F 250 pickup driven by Daniel D. Castor, 33, Carthage, went out of control on the ice covered roadway, went off the roadway down an embankment and overturned.
Castor, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Freeman West with serious injuries according to the report by Trooper Jason Krehbiel.
Passengers in the Castor vehicle: Miss Landry F. Heese, age 7, Carthage, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Vernon County Coroner Davis Ferry. She was not wearing a seatbelt. Miss Avery J. Heese, 10, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Freeman West with moderate injuries. Andrew M. Heese, 39, no seatbelt, was taken to Freeman West with serious injuries. Mr. Kip A. Castor, age 7, no seatbelt, was taken to Nevada Regional with minor injuries.
In the second crash, at 7:20 a.m. Mona L. Purtle, 62, El Dorado Springs, according to the report by Trooper A. Rice, was westbound on Hwy. 32 two miles west of Stockton when the 2005 Ford Taurus she was driving went out of control on the ice covered roadway and crossed the centerline where the driver’s side struck broadside the front of an eastbound 2006 International truck driven by Lyle E. Foley, 38, Humansville. Mrs. Purtle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The report said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
Foley was taken to CMH Hospital in Bolivar. He was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries.