The first accident occurred at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in Pettis County on Oak Grove Lane at the low-water crossing, when a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, driven west by Jesse L. Contreras, 17, Sedalia, slid off the right side of an ice-covered road and struck an embankment, the patrol reported.
Contreras suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center.
The second accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in Benton County on Highway 7.
According to the patrol, involved were a 2008 Toyota driven by Jimmy C. Brown, 25, Sedalia, and a 2010 Ford driven by Kristopher R. Johnson, 30, Kansas City.
The patrol said the accident occurred when the Toyota crossed the center line to avoid a wrong-way driver, over-corrected, ran off the right side of the road and overturned, then striking a utility pole. The pole’s guide wire sagged across the road and was then hit by the Ford. Both vehicles were traaveling south at the time.
The patrol said Brown suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Camdenton by Staff For Life.
Assisting in the investigation of this accident were the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Deer Creek Fire Department and Warsaw-Lincoln Ambulance.