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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Missouri sees fewer road deaths, more water deaths over holiday weekend

  • Six people died in traffic crashes, three people died in boating crashes, and three people drowned during the 2014 July Fourth holiday counting period.
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  • Six people died in traffic crashes, three people died in boating crashes, and three people drowned during the 2014 July Fourth holiday counting period. The counting period began at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6. The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked 263 traffic crashes in which six people died and 121 were injured. Troopers arrested 142 people for driving while intoxicated. Troopers investigated 26 boating crashes which included three fatalities and 17 injuries, and arrested 13 for boating while intoxicated.
    Last year, troopers worked 358 traffic crashes in which 157 were injured. There were 19 traffic fatalities during the 2013 July Fourth holiday. Troopers arrested 199 people for driving while intoxicated in 2013. Boating statistics for the 2013 July Fourth holiday included 19 boating crashes,1 fatality, 13 injuries, three drownings, and 17 arrests for boating while intoxicated.
    Of the six traffic crash fatalities investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, three occurred in the Troop A, Lee's Summit, area; two occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; and one occurred in the Troop H, St. Joseph, area.
    Two traffic fatalities occurred on Thursday, July 3, one in Bates County, the other in Clinton County.
    One traffic fatality occurred on July 4, in St. Charles County. Two people died in a traffic fatality in Benton County on July 5. The final traffic fatalizy occurred on July 5 in Franklin County.
    The boating fatalities included a Colorado man falling overboard in the Lake of the Ozarks and two deaths when vessels collided in the Gasconade River in Osage County.
    Three people drowned over the holiday weekend, including drownings in Table Rock Lake, Castor River and on private property in Maries County.

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