Falling chunk of ice strikes passing car; injures local woman

Friday, January 19, 2007

Nevada Daily Mail

A motorist encountered an unexpected hazard while traveling on U.S. 54 highway yesterday morning, just before noon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Judy Cornell, El Dorado Springs, was driving westbound on U.S. 54, about 6 miles east of Nevada, when a large piece of ice flew from an unidentified tractor-trailer that was headed eastbound, as they passed each other, striking Cornell's vehicle, a 2002 Ford Taurus.

According to the report, Cornell suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada.

No other such incidents were reported in Vernon County, but Cornell isn't alone. At least one other, similar accident occurred in Missouri, Thursday afternoon.

The Patrol also reported that on U.S. 24, a half mile east of Huntsville, Mo., the windshield of a 2003 Ford driven by 49-year-old Timothy L. Spurling of Moberly, was struck by a large chunk of ice that flew from another unidentified vehicle traveling west in front of Spurling's vehicle. Spurling suffered minor injuries.

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