Frequent accidents on the section of Route 124 in Boone County


At least three people have been killed since January 2021 on Route 124 between Fayette and Route 63, the highway where four people were injured in an accident on Tuesday.

At least 10 people were injured in five rollover crashes on the stretch of freeway during the same period, according to Highway Patrol. Three people have been killed in two crashes on Highway 124 in Boone County since the start of this year.

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Troopers responded Tuesday night to a head-on crash on Highway 124 west of NN Highway.

According to the accident report, 19-year-old Chandler Cooke of Harrisburg hit a car head-on as he tried to pass another vehicle as he drove across a hill. Emergency crews took Cooke, Krystal G. Smith, 29, of Fayette, a 1-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl to Columbia University Hospital.

MU Health Care said Thursday morning that Cooke was in fair condition and Smith was in serious condition.

Boone County Deputy Fire Protection District Chief Gale Blomenkamp said “over the hill” crashes are common around narrow roads with little or no shoulder.

“So we’re very used to traveling on these roads, but not everyone and we may be talking about an inexperienced driver as far as the 19-year-old involved in last night’s accident is concerned,” said Blomenkamp Wednesday. “You know, it comes down to distracted driving and traveling too fast for these kinds of roads.”

Although Route 124 can be tricky to navigate, Blomenkamp said he hasn’t noticed an increase in crashes on the highway.

“It’s not uncommon to have collisions on Highway 124 West, so there aren’t more of them there than there are anywhere else,” Blomenkamp said.

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