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Several injured in accidents

Several people, including small children, were injured in an accident over the weekend off Route N in St. Francois County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sunday afternoon at 2:20 p.m., Mary Hutchinson, 67, of Salem, was driving her 2013 Nissan Juke westbound on Lake Avalon Road when she came to a stop sign. Judy Renshaw, 66, of Doe Run, was driving her 2000 Chevrolet Express northbound on Route N.

Hutchinson failed to yield to Renshaw and pulled across Route N. Renshaw’s van struck the driver’s side of Hutchinson’s Juke.

Hutchinson received minor injuries and her passengers, Megan Heath, 32, and Jell Heath, 1, both of Salem, also received minor injuries. Alexa Fisk, 6, of Salem, was moderately injured. Renshaw also received minor injuries. Everyone was wearing their seat belts and was taken to Parkland Health Center Farmington by the St. Francois County Ambulance District.

In an unrelated accident, on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. one person was injured after being struck by a tractor trailer off Route Y and Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County.

According to the patrol report, Richard Mueller, 56, of Ste. Genevieve, was driving his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on Route Y. Nolan Miller, 30, of Marshall, Wisconsin, was driving a 2003 Kenworth tractor trailer westbound on the same road.

Miller was turning left from I-55 onto Route Y and pulled into the path of Mueller’s truck. Miller’s tractor struck Mueller’s truck, and then Miller left the scene.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Juston Wheetley said there was no arrest for the hit and run, because most likely Miller was unaware of what happened.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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