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Georgia Man Causes Four-Vehicle Collision in Missouri

September 20, 2018

LAWRENCE COUNTY, MO. – September 14, 2018 ( A man from Georgia started a chain-reaction collision September 13 that ended up affecting four vehicles on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County, Missouri. The story is online at*

At approximately 6:15 p.m. on September 13, 19-year-old Gregory C. Cleveland, of Royston, Georgia, was driving eastbound on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County. About two miles from Mount Vernon, Missouri, Cleveland rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, which caused a chain reaction crash affecting two additional vehicles. 

The vehicle in front of Cleveland’s was driven by 64-year-old David G. Fish, of Joplin, Missouri. Fish and his wife, 52-year-old Rosemary M. Fish, of Joplin, were injured in the crash and transported to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. David Fish’s injuries were reportedly minor, and Rosemary Fish’s injuries were moderate. Their current medical conditions are not known. 

The third vehicle involved was driven by 45-year-old Kevin L. Brown, of Russellville, Arkansas, and the fourth vehicle was driven by 41-year-old John F. Sweeny, of Carthage, Missouri. It does not appear either of these drivers was injured. It also does not appear Cleveland was injured. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the collision and has not provided additional details to the public. It is not clear what caused Cleveland to run into the Fishes’ vehicle.  

According to an article from The Washington Post, about 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur in the United States every year. These are the most common type of vehicle accident in the nation, leading to 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries annually. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that 80 percent of these collisions could be avoided with collision-avoidance systems, like emergency braking systems, available today on many types of vehicles. The NTSB has been encouraging car manufacturers to make these systems standard in all vehicles.  

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