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Highway patrol reports seven deaths over holiday weekend

Missouri State Highway Patrol Vehicle parked with its lights on.
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Missouri State Highway Patrol Vehicle parked with its lights on.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday that seven people died over the weekend on the state's waterways and highways.

The patrol reported six traffic deaths and one drowning. None of the reported deaths were in Central Missouri.

An Illinois man drowned after jumping from a bluff on the Meramec River in eastern Missouri on Independence Day, the patrol said in a news release. Troopers reported three traffic deaths in Springfield-based Troop D; two in eastern Missouri's Troop C; and one in southeast Missouri's Troop E.

Two of the deaths were pedestrians hit by vehicles -- one in Lincoln County and one in St. Louis County. A motorcycle rider from Oklahoma who wasn't wearing a helmet was killed after he rear-ended another vehicle Monday in southwest Missouri.

The patrol said troopers were called to 285 crashes, including 107 injuries. They made 141 DWI arrests and 82 drug arrests. Troopers also were called to 11 boating crashes with five injuries. They made 13 boating while intoxicated arrests and 18 drug arrests.

The counting period started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended Monday night. Crashes and injuries were down significantly from 2021, when troopers worked 1,139 crashes with 532 people injured.

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