CASS COUNTY, MO – A coughing fit was partially blamed for a vehicle accident Sunday afternoon.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says, the driver, Barry W. Wright, 56, of Peculiar, may have passed out as a result, causing his vehicle to run off the left side of Route YY in Cass County west of Harper Road. The westbound truck hit a tree, a fence post, and eventually the porch of a residence at 9507.

It was reported Wright was not wearing a seat belt, and he received minor injuries. He refused treatment at the scene.