May 19, 2005

Crash Numbers Continue To Climb Locally

Crash numbers continue to rise in Scotland County as five accidents in the month of April had the region in unfamiliar surroundings. Normally at the bottom of the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop B traffic stats for accidents, Scotland County has jumped ahead of five other counties in the 15-county Troop B region with 24 crashes investigated by the patrol in 2005.

That number rose with five accidents during the month of April, bringing the total well ahead of 2004ís mark of 19. There were three crash-related injuries last month and a total of 19 people have been hurt in car accidents this year in the county.

Randolph County still maintains the lead in Troop B with 78 accidents in 2005. Shelby County has been the safest thus far this year with just nine crashes investigated by troopers.

Ralls County (up from 33 to 44) is the only county with a larger increase in 2005 than Scotland County.

Overall the Highway Patrol has investigated 532 crashes this year in Troop B, down from 565 last year. There have been 251 injuries and 16 fatalities, including five in April.

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