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Two Killed In Local Vehicle Wreck

Jack Vaughn, 41, and Carol Cook, 53, were both killed Tuesday in a serious Missouri car accident on U.S. 60 near Poplar Bluff.

This tragic accident occurred when Cook, who was traveling eastbound, crossed the center median, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Her vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes where it collided with Vaughn’s 1999 Dodge. Vaughn’s car was then struck by a 1998 Peterbilt tractor trailer, driven by Johnny Counts, 57.

Both Vaughn and Cook were pronounced dead at the scene. Counts sustained minor injuries, but his truck was able to be driven from the scene.

This is a heartbreaking incident to have happen near the holidays. Our thoughts go out to the families of the deceased and hopefully Counts’ injuries heal quickly.

As far as the cause of this fatal Missouri car wreck, it is still unclear why Cook crossed the median into oncoming traffic. An accident reconstruction will be performed to determine exactly what caused her to lose control of the vehicle.