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A Jefferson City Police officer walks away from the wreckage of a Ford Ranger pickup truck while investigating a two-vehicle accident on Missouri 94 near the intersection with Cooper Drive on Thursday afternoon. The pickup skidded on the slick road and spun into the path of another truck. Five people were injured.

A Jefferson City Police officer walks away from the wreckage of a Ford Ranger pickup truck while investigating a two-vehicle accident on Missouri 94 near the intersection with Cooper Drive on Thursday afternoon. The pickup skidded on the slick road and spun into the path of another truck. Five people were injured. Photo by Kris Wilson.

For the first storm of the winter, Jefferson City and Cole County got off pretty easy compared to many other parts of the state.

However, drivers did have to deal with some slick roads, particularly during the afternoon commute.

One of the worst accidents occurred around 3:25 p.m. Thursday. Jefferson City police went to a multiple vehicle injury accident on Missouri 94, near ABB. According to the report from JCPD, Edward Norris, 22, lost control of a 1999 Ford Ranger traveling east on Missouri 94. The truck spun into the path of a 1989 Chevrolet pickup driven by Justin Pirtle, 21, of Harrisburg. The Chevrolet struck the Ford in the passenger rear side, and the Ford was pushed off the roadway.

Pirtle and Norris, of Mokane, were taken to a local hospital. Three passengers in the Norris vehicle — 65-year-old Carl Norris, 15-year-old Phillip Norris and 17-year-old Clara Norris, all of Mokane — were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The Norrises were all wearing seat belts; Pirtle was not.

Meanwhile, Jefferson City Public Works Operations Director Britt Smith said of his department's task: “If there was a perfect storm for us, this was it.

“It gave us an opportunity to test equipment. Until you get it out, you don’t know how well it will hold out. We had a couple pieces with some issues, but overall it went well.”

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