Strong winds and rain blamed for multiple crashes

Strong winds and rain blamed for multiple crashes

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - Strong winds overturned two vehicles and rain caused a man to crash his tractor Wednesday in Southeast Missouri. At least four crashes were reported in about a two hour period in two counties.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, both 52-year-old Clarence D. Grace and 45-year-old Sean D. Martin were in separate vehicles driving on Interstate 55 in Pemiscot County.

The crash report states winds blew the 2016 Kenworth and 2011 Mack truck the men were driving off the interstate at around 6:20 p.m.

They overturned into a cable barrier.

Both men are from Mississippi and an ambulance took them to a hospital in Dyersburg, TN.

The report listed Grace in serious condition. Both men were wearing seat belts.

In a separate crash in Pemiscot County, the highway patrol reported Yamil A. Garcia Smaine, 34, was driving on Interstate 155 when he lost control on a wet pavement and overturned his 2013 Kenworth tractor.

Crews took the Joplin, MO man to a Dyersburg hospital in an ambulance after 7 p.m. He was listed as having minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Stoddard County reported two separate crashes.

Around 6:15 p.m. 75-year-old Therman W. Kimball of Sikeston was riding in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado on U.S. 60 near Dexter when it ran off the road and hit a guardrail.

The man was taken by ambulance to a Sikeston hospital in serious condition. Kimball was not wearing a seat belt.

Driver, Marcus Pollard of Sikeston, was not injured and was wearing a seat belt, according to MSHP.

In a separate crash, 16-year-old Bryce A. Johnson of Bernie was seriously injured after a crash on Missouri Highway 25 near Dexter around 8:20 p.m.

MSHP stated Johnson was attempting to pass another vehicle when the 2006 Pontiac G6 he was driving hydroplaned, struck a ditch and overturned.

He was transported to a Dexter hospital. Johnson, according to the report, was not wearing a seat belt.

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