On March 3, Butch Pennewell told his son, “Be careful and wear your seat belt”. His son, Nolan Pennewell answered, “Dad, I always do.” Then Nolan hopped in the truck and drove off. Approximately a mile later Nolan was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the truck, his body being ejected out through the back glass window and landing in the median.
At approximately 5:39 p.m. Nolan was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram southbound, attempting to cross US-36 and struck a 2015 Freightliner Truck, driven by Michael Pribble with passenger, Deborah Durando, both of Coello, IL. The impact of Nolan’s truck caused the freightliner truck to lose its back axle and the unit overturned. None of the individuals involved were wearing their seat belts. All were transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by the Monroe City Ambulance District. Pribble was listed by the Missouri Highway Patrol report to have serious injuries and Durando was listed with minor injuries.
The accident caused US-36 to be closed throughout the entire evening. The Missouri Highway Patrol, Monroe City Police Department, Monroe City Fire Department and the Monroe City Ambulance all responded to the accident. The highway did not reopen for several hours as the crews worked to clear the site.
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