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Three dead following 1-car accident

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

GIDEON, Mo. -- Three people are dead following a single-vehicle accident on Main Street at Gideon on Monday evening.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper C.L. Purnell, at approximately 10:20 p.m., a 2008 Pontiac, driven by Dylan Cornett, 19, of Gideon, failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway, striking a ditch, utility pole, and large tree.

Cornett, along with two passengers, Hayley Cagle, 15, and Scottie Vires, 31, both of Gideon, were pronounced dead at the scene by New Madrid County Coroner Ralph Barnwell.

Another passenger, Gary Cagle, 14, of Gideon, suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital at Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Purnell reported that none of the victims were wearing their seat belts.

The accident marks fatalities number 58, 59, and 60 for Troop E this year.

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