Less than 12-hours, since the Missouri Highway Patrol's traffic crash counting period began, a fatal accident has been reported.
It happened in Lawrence County, after 32-year old Mathew Gann of Mount Vernon reportedly crossed into the path of 38-year old Brandy Acheson of Sarcoxie. Acheson died at the scene. Gann was airlifted to a Springfield area hospital in serious condition.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelt. The head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning four miles south of Mount Vernon on Route 39.
The counting period began Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight on Christmas.