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Black ice causes fatal I-49 car accident

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A number of serious Missouri car accidents that happened this weekend are attributable to black ice caused by light freezing rain that fell overnight Friday. Black ice is a thin coating of ice that is often very hard to see on roads. Many drivers encounter black ice on bridges and drivers who are going to fast may lose control of their vehicles.

One car accident involving black ice happened around 7 a.m. Saturday morning in Vernon County. Authorities say that a 33-year-old Carthage man was driving on I-49 three miles south of Nevada. The man hit a patch of black ice and went down an embankment.

The man's 2003 Ford Pickup overturned, injuring the driver and his four passengers. The driver and another 39-year-old male from Carthage sustained serious injuries. The men were rushed to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

A 7-year-old male suffered minor injuries and was taken to Nevada Regional Hospital in Nevada, Missouri. A 10-year-old girl suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Freeman West Hospital. She was the only person wearing a seat belt in the car.

One car occupant did not survive this crash. Authorities say that a 7-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene by Vernon County coroner David Ferry. She was taken to Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, Missouri.

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