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One killed in mid-Missouri crashes over holiday period

Nine people were killed in traffic crashes across the state during the Thanksgiving counting period, including one in mid-Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. In mid-Missouri, Clara Silva, 62, of New Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene when her Mazda crossover vehicle went off the road, overturned and hit a tree on Highway 40 in Howard County on Friday afternoon, according to an online crash report. Silva’s was the only traffic death reported in central Missouri’s Troop F region.

The counting period overlapped with blizzard-like conditions in much of the area Sunday. Troop F reported 81 total traffic crashes, but only two injuries. The troop also reported nine DWI arrests.

Troop F totals for the 2018 #Thanksgiving counting period (6pm Nov. 21, to 11:59 pm Nov. 25):

✔️81 traffic crashes
✔️1 fatality
✔️2 injuries
✔️9 DWI arrests

— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) November 26, 2018

No traffic deaths were reported Sunday in Missouri.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was corrected to reflect that the fatal crash in mid-Missouri occurred Friday.

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