Two killed in Tuesday crash on U.S. 60

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two from Morehouse were killed and an Essex mother and son sustained moderate injuries in a Tuesday evening wreck on U.S. 60 in New Madrid County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The patrol responded to a call at Route E and U.S. 60 at about 7:30 p.m., where 74-year-old Winford R. Towe and 68-year-old Betty L. Vaught were pronounced dead at the scene, the Daily Statesman newspaper reported.

The accident occurred when a 2004 Jeep, driven by Candy M. Harper, 37, of Essex, Mo., was westbound on U.S. 60 near Morehouse and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Towe when Towe failed to yield to traffic on U.S. 60. Towe's vehicle was struck in the passenger side door by Harper's westbound vehicle.

New Madrid County Coroner Jimmy McSpadden pronounced both Morehouse residents dead at the scene of the wreck. Candy Harper and her son, Skyler W. Harper, 13, were both transported to a Sikeston hospital by ambulance.

Skyler Harper is a seventh grade student at Richland schools in Essex.

The deaths mark the 46th and 47th fatalities in Troop E in 2009.

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