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By Marlana Smith
A Clarence man received serious injuries in a seven-vehicle accident Tuesday morning, July 28 on U.S. 24 three miles west of Paris, near the roadside park in Monroe County.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, six vehicles were stopped for a flagman in a construction zone when a 2001 Western Star tractor-trailer truck driven by Leslie G. Thrasher, 64, of Clarence struck a 2016 Ford Fusion driven by a 16-year-old teen from Paris, causing the Fusion to rear-end another vehicle.
The tractor-trailer side-swiped two more vehicles, overturned and struck a second tractor- trailer before coming to rest on its side across both lanes of the highway.
The highway was closed for approximately five hours, according to Troop B Sergeant Eric Brown.
The juvenile was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. The Fusion was totaled.
Thrasher was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital.
Brown indicated Thrasher was hauling hogs.
“A majority of the hogs were loose. A small number of them died, but most were transported from the scene alive,” Brown said.
The tractor-trailer that Thrasher struck was empty. A third tractor-trailer involved was hauling doors and windows.
All involved were wearing seatbelts.
The MSHP was assisted by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Ambulance, Randolph County Ambulance, Paris Fire Department, Madison Fire Department, Department of Agriculture and Missouri Fire Marshals.