New Madrid County, Missouri — June 11, 2012
A three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon involving two semis and a mini van resulted in injuries to an Arkadelphia man and two children.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a series of rear-end collisions occurred at 2:10 p.m. on southbound Interstate 55 at mile post 56. The accident involved 43-year-old Michael B. Handiboe’s Chrysler Town & Country, a semi driven by 30-year-old Cleveland, Tennessee resident Larry M. Smith and a second semi, which was driven by 51-year-old Campbellsport, Wisconsin resident Bret R. Fickler. However, details of the accident are still unclear.
A trooper originally reported Mr. Handiboe’s van rear-ended Mr. Smith’s semi, which had reportedly slowed for traffic. The report suggests Mr. Smith’s semi then collided with the one driven by Bret R. Fickler.
But witnesses and friends and family of those involved claim the report is inaccurate. They say Mr. Handiboe’s van was rear-ended by one of the semis, with the force of that collision pushing it into the other. A photo supposedly taken at the scene by a witness shows significant damage to the rear of the van. Witnesses also have claimed adverse weather conditions could have impacted visibility, but such details are not – and almost never are – included in the report.
Following the accident, Mr. Handiboe and a 14-year-old child in his van, Zachary R. Handiboe, also of Arkadelphia, reportedly suffered moderate injuries. A second child, 4-year-old Jonathon M. Handiboe, suffered minor injuries. The three were taken to St. Francis Medical Center.
The semi drivers were not listed as injured in the report.
According to the National Safety Council, more than 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported every year, making them the most common type of automobile accident.
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