A vehicle overturned along Hwy. 67 after hitting a highway patrol vehicle that was responding to a previous wreck.

A vehicle overturned along Hwy. 67 after hitting a highway patrol trooper's vehicle that was stopped for a previous wreck.

A second wreck occurred while first responders were responding to a single-vehicle accident on Hwy. 67 south of De Soto on Dec. 17, said Chief Tom Fitzgerald of the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District.

“There was a car accident at Flucom Road and Hwy. 67 called in to the station at 1:53 p.m. “ he said. “It was in the northbound lanes of Hwy. 67. She lost control on the ice and snow, slid along the side of the highway and struck a tree. She was in a white passenger vehicle. She was not injured.

“A second vehicle approached the scene, lost control and slid into the accident scene. It hit a Missouri State Highway Patrol car and overturned on its driver’s side and slammed into the first vehicle. We had to extricate him (the male driver), cut out the windshield. He had some minor injuries. He refused treatment.”

Fitzgerald said the incident was a reminder not only of the hazards of driving on icy roads, but also of the need to take caution when approaching an accident scene.

“The second vehicle missed one of our firefighters by about 10 feet,” he said. “We call them close calls. They’re tracked nationally. They’re happening more and more.

“It seems there’s less regard for humans. That’s just my perspective. “

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