Five People Parish in Four Weekend Crashes

Five people died in four separate crashes over the weekend in Southeast Missouri. The first crash of the weekend was a double-fatality involving a train Friday in Pemiscot County. Police say occurred at 5:30 p.m. Friday on Gettings Lange in Hayti as the eastbound vehicle driven by Titusan Townsend, 52, of Columbia, Missouri, failed to yield at a railroad crossing marked by cross bucks and was struck by an oncoming southbound General Electric Burlington Northern train engine. Townsend and his passenger, Ricky L. Tillman, 51, of Kennett, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m. by the Pemiscot County Coroner. At 5:44 a.m. Sunday, a Naylor, Missouri, woman was killed after her vehicle struck a tractor early Sunday in New Madrid County. Patrol reports the crash occurred on US 60, one mile east of US 61, as the westbound vehicle driven by Karen G. Steele, 58, of Naylor struck the rear of the westbound tractor driven by Michael Toimil, 39, of Miami, Florida. Steele was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:38 a.m. Sunday by the New Madrid County, A single-vehicle crash resulted in fatal injuries for a Jackson, Tennessee, man a couple hours later Sunday in Pemiscot County. At 9:06 a.m. Sunday, the crash occurred on Highway O, one mile east of Interstate 55, when the westbound vehicle driven by Corey L. VanDyke, 42, of Jackson, Tennessee, went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned, police say. VanDyke was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 a.m. by Brimhall and taken to the Hayti, Missouri, and Morgue. At 5:27  p.m. Sunday, on US 60, four miles east of Poplar Bluff, the Patrol reports another fatal crash occurred as the eastbound vehicle driven by William T. Chambers, 60, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, pulled into the path of and struck the eastbound heavy-duty truck operated by James B. Jordan, 36, of Pineville, Louisiana. Chambers’ vehicle then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned. Chambers was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:55 p.m. by Butler County Deputy Coroner Brien Fugate.





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