Seven people died in traffic crashes during the three-day Labor Day weekend.
That’s down from the nine fatalities recorded during the Labor Day weekend last year. The State Highway Patrol reports that troopers investigated 308 traffic crashes; 130 people were injured and six were killed. The seventh traffic fatality was reported by the St. Louis Police Department Monday. Troopers made 149 arrests for driving while intoxicated. Last year, the patrol worked 257 crashes and made 161 drunken driving arrests.
Saturday proved to be the deadliest day. Four people died on Saturday, including a head-on collision that claimed both drivers. The patrol reports that 47-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Lebanon crossed the centerline of Highway 42 in Miller County and struck head-on a car driven by 29-year-old Bradley Arndt of Iberia. The Miller County coroner pronounced both drivers dead. 55-year-old Janice Spear of Sedalia died when the driver of the car in which she was riding tried to make a U turn on Highway 5 in Morgan County and was struck by another vehicle.
The traffic deaths during the weekend included one pedestrian. The Highway Patrol reports that 28-year-old Shaundell Anderson of Portageville died after he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Highway 162 east of Portageville.