Pulaski County Family Killed in Head-on Collision

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Head-on collision proves fatal for mother and son on Highway C near Dixon.

November 7th, 2010 at approximately 7:15pm two cars collided head-on on Highway C about one mile west of Dixon, Missouri. 43 year old mother, Diana Dawes, was driving eastbound on Highway C with her son, 19 year old Ivan Barton. At that said time and place, 63 year old Thomas McGrath of Jefferson City, Missouri was driving westbound on Highway C.

McGrath approached a slow moving vehicle from behind and attempted to pass the vehicle using the eastbound lane of Highway C. At that time, McGrath moved his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado into the left lane, and struck the 2000 Ford Taurus occupied by Dawes and Barton head-on. Dawes and Barton had no chance of avoiding McGrath.

Diana Dawes and son Ivan Barton were both pronounced dead at the scene. They were transported to Long Funeral Home in Dixon. Thomas McGrath sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri by Lifeline Helicopter.

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