Malta Bend man hurt in crash Tuesday on U.S. 65

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Malta Bend man suffered moderate injuries Tuesday in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 65 in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

William O. Erickson, 90, was taken by Saline County Ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment, troopers said.

The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. as Erickson was traveling northbound in a 1978 Chevrolet near the intersection with Copper Avenue.

His vehicle was overtaken and struck from behind by a 2006 Kenworth truck driven by Mark T. Hjort, 47, of McGrath, Minn., troopers said.

No injuries were listed for Hjort, who was wearing a safety device. Erickson apparently was not wearing a safety device, according to the report.

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