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Accident ties up Missouri River bridge

Jefferson City Police and Fire Departments responded to a three-vehicle collision on the northbound Missouri River bridge Monday morning.

Jefferson City Police and Fire Departments responded to a three-vehicle collision on the northbound Missouri River bridge Monday morning. Photo by Julie Smith.

A three-vehicle accident on the northbound Missouri River Bridge tied up traffic for about an hour Monday morning.

According to Jefferson City Police Department reports, a John Deere tractor, driven by Kent Schmidt, 56, Russellville, and a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Jenna Surface, 38, Jefferson City, were both going north in the right lane of the bridge just after 10 a.m.

Surface was behind Schmidt and they were traveling at about 20 mph. A tractor-trailer truck, driven by Benjamin Schroyer, 68, Sunrise Beach, was in the middle lane of the bridge changing into the right lane.

Police reported he recognized Surface and Schmidt were going slow, but was unable to slow down in time and struck the Surface vehicle in the rear.

The impact caused Surface to hit Schmidt's tractor in the rear. Surface was the only one hurt, suffering moderate injuries.

All the drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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