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Motorcyclist killed on US 67

Two serious accidents, one a fatality, took place within less than two hours of each other Sunday night in northern St. Francois County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the first accident occurred on northbound US 67, three-tenths of a mile south of Cash Lane.

David W. Gibson, 51, of Festus, was killed when his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck the cable median barrier, at which time he was ejected from the motorcycle.

Gibson, who was reportedly wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck, was pronounced dead at the scene by St. Francois County Ambulance personnel at 7:38 p.m. 

The patrol reports the second accident took place at 8:50 p.m. on Route Y, five-tenths of a mile east of Critter Lane, when a westbound 2000 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Tyler P. Laytham, 21, of Festus, traveled off the right side of the roadway.

When Laytham over-corrected to the left, the SUV crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2001 Ford F250 pickup truck driven by Michael C. Maxson, 46, of Farmington.

Maxson and his passengers, Logan Maxson, 14, and Megan Maxson, 17, were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck and were taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson by private conveyance where they were treated for minor injuries.

Laytham, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred, was transported by Air Evac emergency helicopter to Mercy Hospital St. Louis where he was treated for serious injuries.

A one-vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon in St. Francois County resulted in moderate injuries for the driver.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at 1 p.m. on Hurryville Road, east of College Road. The report stated a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer, driven by Kelli R. Pullen, 30, of Desloge, was heading south on Hurryville Road when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Pullen reportedly received moderate injuries in the crash and was transported by St. Francois County Ambulance to Parkland Health Center for treatment.

The patrol reported that Pullen was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or

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