Pulaski County Head-On Collision Leaves One Dead

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Pulaski County – One man is dead and a second man is in serious condition after a head-on collision Saturday morning.

On April 11, 2013, Darriel McDaniels, age 41 of Richland, MO, was operating a 1996 Buick Riviera in the eastbound direction on Highway AB. Samuel J. Wood, age 71 of Lebanon, MO was operating a 2013 Ford Escape in the westbound direction on Highway AB.

Around 11:10 a.m. on that said date, Darriel McDaniels was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of traffic when he struck Samuel J. Wood head-on causing both vehicles to travel off the road.

Samuel J. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County coroner Mikel Hartness and was taken to Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Darriel McDaniels was airlifted by Staff Air Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO with serious injuries. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Darriel McDaniels was not wearing his seat belt.

Darriel McDaniels’ 1996 Buick Riviera and Samuel J. Wood’s 2013 Ford Escape both received total damages and were towed by Rothmunds Towing.

This accident was investigated by Trooper N. Smith of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I and was assisted by Trooper R. Tyler, Trooper J. Ice, Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Team #3, and the Hazelgreen Fire Department. This is Troop I’s 6th fatality for 2013.

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