On Monday, June 10, there were three separate wrecks, one of them resulting in a fatality, all involving dump trucks.
The first one reported by the Missouri Highway Patrol occurred at 9:15 a.m. on U.S. 61 southbound, .2 miles south of Route KK.
The report states that a 1985 Ford 9000 dump truck being driven by Danny Fletcher had just pulled onto southbound U.S. 61 from the crossover at Watson Road and was slowly accelerating.
Robert Richardson’s 2003 GMC Yukon was traveling southbound on U.S. 61 and did not slow or change lanes as he approached the dump truck from the rear.
Richardson attempted to swerve but the front of his vehicle struck the rear of the dump truck.
Richardson, 43, of Elsberry was fatally injured and an 11-year-old passenger was taken by Air Evac to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and was in serious condition. The second wreck involving a dump truck on 61 that morning occurred at 9:25 a.m. on U.S. 61 southbound at Old Auburn Road.
The driver was driving a 2012 Western Star Dump Truck when he traveled off the right side of the road.
He corrected back to the road and began to skid.
The dump truck then overturned and traveled off the left side of the road.
The driver was taken by survival flight to Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
The last of the three dump truck related incidents on Monday, occurred at the intersection of Villa Dr. and Highway 47 in Troy.
According to Troy Police Department Detective, Tony Stewart, a car was traveling westbound and pulled out in front of a dump truck traveling east bound.
The dump truck swerved to try and avoid hitting the car that had cut in front of it and ended up colliding with the car before hitting a light post, knocking it into an angled position.
According to Stewart, nobody was rushed to the hospital but Stewart believed that the driver of the car that the dump truck hit took themselves to the hospital on their own accord.