Three hours later a Dexter man died in a crash at the One Mile Rd. and Arvin Rd. intersection after his vehicle struck a utility pole.
Killed in the first accident was 69-year-old Evaline Stufflebeam.
According to Cpl. John Moore of the Dexter Police Department, a vehicle driven by John Saum, 27, of Dexter was northbound on Hwy. 25 and was struck from behind as it slowed to make a left turn onto Condor Drive. The Saum vehicle was struck by Doris Nelson, 70, also of Dexter.
Stufflebeam was a passenger in the back seat of the Saum vehicle on the driver's side. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope.
Nelson sustained minor injuries and was transported by Stoddard County EMS to the Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County, formerly MSH, for treatment. Her vehicle came to rest several hundred feet north of Condor Drive where the Saum vehicle was struck and remained. Nelson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, police said. It is unknown if the occupants of the Saum vehicle were wearing their safety devices.
Saum was transported by EMS to a Cape Girardeau medical center for treatment, as was a passenger, Phillip Cantrell, 20, also of Dexter. In the Saum vehicle, but uninjured, was another local resident, Anna Stufflebeam, 28.
Members of Dexter's Extrication Team were called to the scene to free the passengers from the Saum vehicle.
Evaline Stufflebeam was taken to a funeral home in Doniphan.
Three hours following the wreck on Highway 25, Dexter Police and again the Extrication Team were called to the scene of a second accident at Arvin and One Mile Roads. A Dexter man, Larry Payne, 44, of Dexter died in that wreck.
Police say Payne was westbound on Arvin Rd. and failed to stop at the One Mile Rd. crossing. Only east and westbound traffic is required to stop at the crossing. His vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling on One Mile Rd., driven by 19-year-old Josh Overall, also of Dexter. The impact of the wreck sent the Payne vehicle into a utility pole at the southwest corner of the intersection, knocking out power to about 600 Ameren customers in the city. Also put out of commission was the traffic light at One Mile and Business 60. Officers directed traffic there for over an hour until Ameren could remedy the outage.
Overall was not injured in the wreck. Payne was unresponsive when Stoddard County EMS arrived at the scene, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County.
Police reported that Payne was unrestrained in his 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Overall, driving a 2006 Ford pickup, was wearing his seat belt.