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State Rep. Maurice Lawson
injured in crash

by Shana Haines
Landmark reporter

Wife of 29th District State Representative Maurice Lawson says her husband is still recovering from a vehicle accident he suffered recently in St. Joseph.

In a phone interview this week with The Landmark, Bonnie Sue Lawson said her husband is still in the critical care unit at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Mrs. Lawson said the newly reelected representative is suffering from a broken back and broken ribs. She said Lawson had surgery Sunday.

Mrs. Lawson said it had originally looked as if her husband was going to be home shortly following his accident on Nov. 6 when his sport utility vehicle crashed on an Interstate 29 interchange.

"He is going to be here for awhile," Bonnie Lawson said.

Mrs. Lawson expects her husband to under go rehabilitation therapy.

It's unknown what caused the wreck, but it is believed that a medical condition played a role. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, according to reports.

Reports indicate Mr. Lawson was exiting I-29 from a northbound lane and was proceeding toward eastbound U.S. Highway 36 when he lost control of his 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle then traveled through a median and spun clockwise.

When the vehicle approached the highway it slid onto its top and moved across the westbound lanes before striking a guardrail. It is estimated the vehicle traveled 700 feet with no brakes applied before it came to a stop.

The 64-year-old representative recently won reelection over Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson Rooney of Weston.