A fatal vehicle accident occurred at about 8 a.m. Monday on Highway 72 on the east edge of Fredericktown, closing the highway for nearly three hours.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred just east of the North Chamber Drive intersection when the 2000 Peterbilt Conventional driven by Samuel R. Kranawetter, 23, of Jackson, made an abrupt stop, causing aluminum beams to shift forward through the front of the trailer and the rear of the tractor, impacting and pinning the driver.

Kranawetter was pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County Coroner Collin Follis at 8:19 a.m. The body was taken to the coroner's office in Madison County.

The scene was cleared and the highway was reopened about 10:55 a.m.

Several people were injured in a fatal crash Sunday at 12:10 p.m. at Highway 47 and Route E in Washington County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Tamara Avery, 54, of St. Louis, was driving her 2012 Chevy Cruz northbound on Highway 47 when she traveled into the path of Stephanie Hawes, 32, of Bonne Terre, in her 2007 Jeep Cherokee. The front of Haws’ Jeep struck the left side of Avery’s car.

Avery was taken by Washington County Ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead at by Dr. Eke at 2:56 p.m. Avery’s passenger, Paul Avery, 54, of St. Louis, was airlifted by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital-St. Louis. Both were wearing their seat belts.

Haws was moderately injured and her passenger Abbie Haws, 14, of Bonne Terre, received minor injuries. Both were wearing their seat belts and were taken by private conveyance to Parkland Health Center.

A motorcyclist was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital after being involved in a motor vehicle accident on Burks Road in Farmington Monday afternoon.

Farmington Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident in the 100 block of Burks Road about 4:30 p.m. Monday when a motorcycle and delivery vehicle for Les Hays Paper Hanging and Painting collided.

The owner of the motorcycle was airlifted to St. Louis by Air Evac as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

A pedestrian was injured by a car Saturday afternoon while taking a walk in Bonne Terre City Park.

According to Big River Fire Department Assistant Chief Allen Stegall, the department responded to a 12:06 p.m. call reporting a woman had been hit by a car while walking in the park. The woman was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. 

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