by: Scott McCaulley

The Missouri Highway Patrol works several accidents in the Lakes Region on Wednesday including two fatalities.

The first fatality accident occurred in Kirbyville at the Highway 76-K Highway intersection around 12:50 pm when a pick-up driven by Jon Eggebrecht, 39, of Forsyth crossed the center line and struck a dump truck driven by William David, 57, of Kissee Mills causing that vehicle to leave the roadway at overturn. Eggebrecht was pronounced dead at the scene while David was not injured in the crash.

The second fatality accident happened in Barry County on Highway 86 in Eagle Rock. The accident occurred around 3:00 when a vehicle driven by Jamie Merchant, 44, of Berryville was attempting to make a turn when an ATV coming the other direction struck the vehicle. The driver of the ATV, 21-year-old Dylan Welker of Eagle Rock, was ejected from the ATV and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Merchant was not injured in the accident.

In both accidents per state law, the surviving drivers were tested for alcohol. The two fatalities now bring the total of deaths in Troop D to 49 for 2019.

Troopers did work another accident in the Lakes Region, also around 3:00 in the afternoon. The accident occurred just north of Forsyth on Highway 160 involving a pair of Forsyth residents. Troopers say the accident occurred when a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Carter Brown crossed the center line striking a vehicle head-on driven by 57-year-old Pamela Purdue. Purdue sustained serious injuries in the accident and was taken to Cox Hospital in Branson for treatment.

Earlier in the day, Troopers worked an accident on Interstate 44 that involved a resident from the area. The accident occurred around 8:30 Wednesday Morning west of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County when a  car driven by Catherine Hevelone, 74, of Reeds Spring ran off the roadway striking a fence and a tree. Hevelone escaped with only minor injuries that were treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.