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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 8 people died in traffic accidents over the New Year's holiday counting period in the state.
The counting period began at 6 PM Friday, December 28th and continued until 11:59 PM last night. Troopers investigated 486 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers investigated only 163 crashes during the holiday counting period. One fatality accident was reported in the Troop H coverage area. That accident occurred yesterday on Interstate 35, nine miles south of Bethany, Missouri. John E. Moss, 51, of Jackson, Tennessee was traveling south in a freightliner tractor and trailer when he drove off the roadway, down an embankment and struck the embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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