Traffic crash claims two lives

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

DELTA, Mo. -- A second person has died following a head-on collision near Delta Monday afternoon.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 23-year-old Jessica D. Cato, of Advance, Mo., was pronounced dead at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon. Another driver involved in the crash, 24-year-old Erin Powell of Puxico, Mo., was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Saint Francis Medical Center.

The crash happened when Powell's car crossed the center line into the path of Cato's vehicle. Another car, driven by 25-year-old Stephanie D. Bess of Advance, struck Cato's car in the rear. Bess was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis and treated for minor injuries.

An infant in the crash, Powell's son Waylon, was also taken to Saint Francis, where he was treated for moderate injuries.

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