Virginia Man Seriously Injured in Mt. Vernon Vehicle Crash

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by Tim Church


MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – A man from Virginia Beach, Virginia suffers life-threatening injuries in a two vehicle crash early Saturday morning, four miles east of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Kairat Turganbanyan was traveling westbound on I-44 at 2:15 a.m., when he struck the rear of a semi-tractor trailer as it was departing from a rest area and was accelerating in the right lane. The semi was being operated by 50-year-old Elmer Oliva of Houston, Texas.

Turganbanyen was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield to be treated for his serious injuries.