Richwoods man crashes vehicle while trying to light cigarette

FRANKLIN CO., MO – A Richwoods man was injured yesterday when he lost control of his vehicle while trying to light a cigarette and subsequently drove off the roadway.

The Missouri Highway Patrol was called to MO-47 north of Rye Creek Road at 5:20 p.m. yesterday. The responding trooper determined that the 78-year-old driver of a southbound Mercury Grand Marquis lost control of his vehicle while he was attempting to light a cigarette as he negotiated a turn. The Mercury ran off the right side of the roadway, crashed into a Chevron sign, and then struck a tree before coming to a rest.

The man taken by ambulance to Mercy Washington with moderate injuries.

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