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Tow truck accident on U.S. 65 sends driver to hospital (MO)


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The driver in a crash that caused a serious backup on U.S. Highway 65 in Christian County the morning of June 5 sustained serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated a crash where a tow truck became airborne and separated from the vehicle it was towing. Preston Eagles, 54, of Mt. Vernon was taken to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries, according to the Highway Patrol accident report.

The report says Eagles was driving southbound on Highway 65 approximately four miles south of Ozark at 9:15 a.m., when the 1986 Peterbilt tow truck traveled off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The tow truck left the ground, lost attachment to the vehicle it was towing and returned to the ground.


The report shows Eagles was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The crash occurred between Highway 65’s intersections with Woods Fork Road and Busiek Road, just north of the Busiek State Forest.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Department of Transportation assisted the Highway Patrol in investigating the accident.



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