A Marionville man was killed and four people were injured in a pair of area traffic crashes yesterday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued the following reports:
Knail Soutee, 59, of Marionville, one of the drivers, was killed in a four-vehicle wreck at 1:05 p.m. on Interstate 44 a mile west of Stotts City in Lawrence County. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence County Coroner Don Lakin. The body was taken to Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City.
James Odell, 64, of Climax Springs, Michael Burgess, 35, of Springfield, and Edwin Long, 51, of Chillicothe, were the other drivers.
Odell and a passenger, Brenda Odell, 61, of Climax Springs, sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
The crash occurred when the trailer being towed by an eastbound Ford driven by Odell began to swerve. The trailer swerved into the left lane and struck an eastbound Jeep driven by Burgess. Odell's vehicle then skidded off the road and struck a median cable, crossed over the median cable and entered the westbound lane, striking the westbound Ford driven by Soutee in the driver's side. The westbound Dodge driven by Long then struck the Odell trailer causing it to split into two pieces.
Investigating the wreck were Troopers Adam Poulson, Jonathan Cyrus, Michael Johnson, John Lueckenhoff, Jeffery Johnson and Rich Stewart.
Two Purdy teenagers were hurt in a one-vehicle crash at 6:30 p.m. at Wallaby Road and Palm Road a mile south of Fairview in Newton County.
Stephen Benbrook, 17, sustained serious injuries and was taken to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin. Kelly Rasmussen, 14, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Freeman Neosho Hospital.
Both of the injured were passengers in a Chevrolet driven by Zachary Cross, 15, of Fairview.
The wreck occurred when the southbound vehicle driven by Cross went off the road and overturned, striking a fence.
Investigating the crash was Trooper Kenneth Sanders.