State representative hurt in crash on icy road

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 5:51 p.m. CST; updated 8:59 p.m. CST, Monday, January 31, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A central Missouri lawmaker has been seriously injured in a crash on an icy road.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Rep. Wanda Brown lost control of her vehicle on Missouri 52 around 8:20 a.m. Monday, causing it to go off the road and overturn. The patrol said Brown wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The crash happened in Benton County near Crockerville. Brown was first taken to a local hospital, then flown to University Hospital in Columbia.

House Speaker Steven Tilley said he was told by Brown's family that she suffered broken bones in her neck and back but was able to walk.

Brown is a freshman Republican representing the 116th District, which includes Benton County and parts of Morgan and Pettis counties. House members prayed for her during Monday's session.

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