An Illinois driver was injured in a single-vehicle accident about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 44, about 3 miles west of Halltown in Lawrence County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Connor P. Poglajen, 25, of Jerseyville, Illinois, was taken to Mercy Hospital Springfield with moderate injuries.

According to the patrol, Poglajen lost control of his westbound vehicle, which struck a rock bluff.

• Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday on Missouri Highway 39, about 3 miles south of Aurora in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

David E. Cox, 40, of Marionville, a motorcyclist, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital Springfield. His passenger, Krista R. Merriman, 30, of Aurora, suffered moderate injuries and also was taken to Mercy.

The other driver, Mark D. Beitel, 55, of Marionville, was not injuried.

The patrol said Cox was trying to pass Beitel as Beitel started a left-hand turn into a driveway. The motorcycle struck the Beitel vehicle broadside. 

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