Rock and roll on the interstate

A tractor-trailer driver from Iowa might count himself lucky after escaping major injury from a crash into a rock bluff at the 53.8 mile marker on I-44, Monday, May 23.
Owen D. McDowell, 58, Council Bluffs, Iowa was driving his 2020 Freightliner eastbound on I-44, seven miles east of Mt. Vernon, when he crossed the median, went off the roadway, overturned, and came to rest thanks to an unforgiving rock bluff.
McDowell, who was wearing a seatbelt, had serious injuries and was taken to the nearest hospital by ambulance.
Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, who was on scene, said the driver was essentially OK, other than a possible broken ankle and a few cuts and scrapes. DeLay added that the driver had no idea what had happened following the impressive collision. (Photo by Ryan Squibb)


Lawrence County Record

312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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