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Wright Co. crash claims life of Mtn. Grove woman


Jamie L. Holloway, 29, Mtn. Grove, suffered fatal injuries when her vehicle struck a semitruck at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday on AM Highway, a quarter mile east of Mtn. Grove in Wright County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Tpr. Z.B. Tate, Troop G of the patrol, Willow Springs, reported an unoccupied 2014 Peterbilt was parked in the eastbound lane while its driver was working in the vicinity of the vehicle, and Holloway's eastbound SUV rear-ended it.

Holloway was not wearing a seat belt, but a 4-year-old boy riding in the SUV with her was secured in a car seat, the report shows.

The child, who was not identified in patrol reports because he is a minor, was taken by Mercy Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of minor injuries.

No injuries were reported for the driver of the Peterbilt, who was not in it when the collision happened and wasn't identified by the patrol.

Wright County Coroner Ben Hurrt pronounced Holloway dead at the scene, and her body was transported to Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in Mtn. Grove.

Her death is the third fatality in Troop G for 2024, compared to five at this time a year ago.

Tate was assisted at the scene by Cpl. K.R. Waters, the patrol's Major Crash Investigation Unit Team 3, Msgt. R.D. Vaughan, Sgt. A.D. Johnson, Cpl. J.R. Sellars, and Commercial Vehicle Officer J.L. Gregory.


A 24-year-old woman from Gassville in Baxter County, Ark., and three children were killed after their vehicle ran off of the highway into Norfork Lake at noon March 13, according to the Arkansas State Police.

A report by Cpl. Jay Bryan with Troop I of the state police, Harrison, initially listed the deceased as Savanah Burton and two unnamed children, with a third child injured and taken to Baxter Health in Mtn. Home for treatment. An update to that report, made this week, now lists all three children in the vehicle as deceased.

According to Bryan, Burton was the driver of a 2000 Ford Taurus that was traveling north on Highway 201 when it ran off the right side of the road into the lake near Mtn. Home.

The weather condition was clear and the road was dry, he noted. Law enforcement does not publicize the names of children.