Fulton woman killed in Osage County wreck

One woman was killed and seven other people injured Saturday afternoon, in a two-vehicle wreck south of Westphalia, in Osage County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Loretta J. Thompson, 42, Fulton, was pronounced dead at 4 p.m., 40 minutes after the head-on collision on U.S. 63 at the Route T intersection.

Troopers said Thompson was driving north on 63 when her 2004 Chevrolet van crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2004 Pontiac, driven by Kraig J. Walker, 32, Eugene.

The patrol reported that, after the collision, the van “rotated back across the center line and off the roadway, then struck a ditch.”

A passenger in the van — Mariah N. Buchholz, 9, Mokane — was ejected, troopers said.

She received what the patrol called serious injuries and reportedly was taken to the University of Missouri’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Columbia. However, the hospital said it had no information about her in its system.

Another passenger, Billy J. Buchholz, 57, Steedman, was listed in good condition at the main University Hospital.

The patrol report said neither Thompson nor Mariah Buchholz was using a seatbelt, and it wasn’t known if Billy Buchholz used one.

A family member told the News Tribune that Walker and his passengers were heading toward a martial arts competition in Rolla.

Walker was listed in serious condition at University Hospital.

His passengers were identified as:

• Christopher A. Welch, 28, Jefferson City, who was listed in stable condition Saturday night at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

• Fierce R. Taylor, 21, Jefferson City — listed in good condition at University Hospital.

• Matthew S. Evans, 19, Holts Summit, and Frederick R. Moore, 23, Jefferson City, both received moderate injuries in the accident and reportedly were taken to University Hospital.

However, like Mariah Buchholz, the hospital did not have any information on either man in their system.

Troopers said it wasn’t known if Walker or Welch used a seatbelt, but that Evans, Taylor and Moore did not.

The accident happened at 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

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