OOIDA member killed in crash with boom truck

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 10/28/2013

An OOIDA member from Brandon, S.D., was killed Saturday evening after crashing into a boom truck on Interstate 29 near St. Joseph, Mo., according to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. According to the police report, the boom truck had just pulled from the shoulder of I-29 into the driving lane.

Michael T. Cohoon, 54, was southbound on I-29 approximately 11 miles north of St. Joseph at 7 p.m. Saturday when he struck the rear of the 1997 GMC boom truck driven by Gary D. Grable, 56, of St. Joseph.

The impact of the crash caused Cohoon’s 2005 Freightliner to veer off the west side of the roadway and jackknife, coming to rest on its wheels facing northeast. Grable’s boom truck was knocked off the east side of the interstate and rolled over once before coming to rest in the median.

Grable and a passenger in his vehicle, Wayne L. Mitchell, 46, also of St. Joseph, suffered minor injuries and sought their own treatment, the report stated.

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