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O'Fallon Man Involved in Crash After Furniture Falls From Truck

Mark Ballman of O'Fallon was one of three drivers that were affected when the furniture fell out onto the highway.

Mark A. Ballman, 48, of O'Fallon, was one of the drivers involved in a crash on westbound Interstate 70 after furniture fell from the bed of a truck.

The incident happened just east of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Ballman was driving a 2012 Chevrolet pickup at 10:57 a.m. Saturday when a Ford pickup truck driven by Kyle J. Brownlow, 40, of Wentzville, lost furniture from its bed. Ballman struck the furniture, causing minor damage to his truck.

A 2005 Toyota Scion driven by Robert C. Atkinson, 46, of St. Charles, attempted to avoid the debris and switched lanes to the left, where the Scion was struck by a 2008 Honda Pilot driving by Thomas G. Ebert, 51, of Glen Carbon, IL.

Ebert struck the median, as did Atkinson's Scion, which then overturned.

Two passengers in the Scion, 12-year-old Gavin J. Atkinson and 16-year-old Shannon N. Atkinson, both of St. Charles, sustained minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Center.

All drivers,  and the two injured passengers, were wearing safety devices.
Mr. O' Fallon September 09, 2013 at 02:07 PM
My prayers go out to the injured. I will pray for their full recovery!I hope we all learn a lesson to make sure that loads on pickup trucks or trailers must be securely locked down. Is Mark Ballman, the Fire Chief's Brother and Captain at Station Three (3) of the O' Fallon Fire Protection District? Doesn't Mark live in Flint Hill?

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