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Back to Back Crashes in Montgomery County


Two are injured after back-to-back crashes in Northern Montgomery County.


At around 6:18am yesterday morning, a Dodge Ram 1500 pulling a trailer was headed south on Highway 169, about 4 miles south of Highway 400 when it lost control on a bridge due to black ice. The truck, driven by 36-year-old Liovel Herrera Tamayo, struck the guardrail, rolled and came to a stop in the ditch. The trailer detached and came to a rest in the southbound lane of the highway.


Shortly after the first crash, a semi driven by 26-year-old Nicholas Banet was headed south on Highway 169 when it struck the trailer that was resting across the southbound lane. The semi ramped the trailer and then struck 65-year-old Debra Mahaffey's Cadillac that was parked on the shoulder. Both vehicles came to a rest in the ditch. Tamayo was transported to Labette Health in Parsons with minor injuries and Mahaffey was transported to Freeman Hospital in Joplin with suspected serious injuries.


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