MSHP releases Christmas crash report

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MISSOURI.– Missouri State Highway Patrol released their 2019 Christmas traffic report.

The patrol said that two people died in traffic crashes during the holiday counting period. The counting period started at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and went through 11: 59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Leon J. Barnett, 48, of De Soto, MO, died when a car hit his motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Elizabeth J. Rutledge, 32, of Troy, MO, died when she lost control of her vehicle, traveled off the side of the road, and overcorrected. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

This years holiday traffic statistics (2019):
Traffic Crashes ― 91
Traffic Crash Injuries ― 23
Traffic Crash Fatalities ― 2
DWI ― 18

Last years holiday statistics (2018):
Traffic Crashes ― 1,155
Traffic Crash Injuries ― 421
Traffic Crash Fatalities ― 11
DWI ― 106

There were no boating crashes or drownings this holiday counting period.

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