Separate traffic accidents Saturday afternoon raised to nine the number of people reported killed on Missouri roadways during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A Topeka resident was listed among the fatalities.
Terry Ely, 30, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., died when his pickup truck overturned while climbing a steep embankment in Washington County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Ely was thrown from the vehicle in the accident at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, Bradley Rigger, 45, West Plains, Mo., died when he apparently lost control of his pickup on U.S. Highway 63 in Howell County, the patrol said. The southbound pickup crossed the northbound lanes and went down an embankment, overturning several times, the patrol said.
Friday evening, James Preston, 43, St. Paul, Mo., and David C. Jones, 41, Cassville, Mo., died when Preston's car crossed the center line of Missouri Highway 79 in Lincoln County and struck Jones' car head-on, the patrol said.
Joseph Wurtzberger, 30, Hannibal, Mo., died Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24 near Palmyra, Mo., when the car he was in collided head-on with a pickup truck, the patrol said.
Vicente Ceja, 34, Albers, Ill., died Friday morning on U.S. Highway 67 in St. Louis County. The patrol said Ceja was driving north when his car went into southbound traffic and hit a trash truck nearly head on.
Bruce Tanner, 34, Branson, Mo., was killed Wednesday night when his car hit a rock bluff on Missouri Highway 165 outside Branson.
David Jones, 48, Topeka, was killed Wednesday when the van he was in ran off Interstate Highway 55 outside New Madrid, Mo.
Also on Wednesday, John L. Hubbard, 17, Higbee, Mo., was killed when he made a U-turn in front of another car on a county road just outside Higbee, the patrol said.
Thirteen people died on Missouri roads last year during the Thanksgiving weekend counting period. This year's period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and runs through midnight Sunday.