A Branson woman was killed Wednesday on I-44 while attempting to save a dog from oncoming traffic.
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Shane Glover, 46-year-old Jennifer Beachner was attempting to retrieve a dog in the westbound lanes of traffic near mile marker 273 at approximately 6:14 a.m. when the accident occurred.
Attempting to navigate through dense fog, Beachner walked into the path of a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Jerry Wayne Taylor, 49, of Flint, Mich.
Glover said Beachner died at the scene from massive injuries.
Tuesday, a 24-year-old Grove man was seriously injured three miles east of Wyandotte on U.S. Highway 60.
Daniel L. Haddock was attempting to pass an eastbound vehicle in a no passing zone when he encountered a westbound Dodge Ram pickup stopped in the westbound lane waiting to make a left-hand turn.
The driver of the Dodge, Rebecca Cook, 31, of Miami, took evasive action by accelerating into a left turn. Haddock swerved back into the eastbound lane, overturned, slid 40 feet and struck the rear passenger tire of the Dodge, according to the OHP.
Trooper reports indicate that Haddock was ejected approximately 19 feet from the vehicle. He was flown to a Joplin hospital where authorities say he was listed in critical condition.