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Two wrecks send three injured people to area hospitals on Friday evening
Two wrecks send three injured people to area hospitals on Friday evening

Waynesville firefighters assist at a Friday afternoon crash on Historic Route 66.
WAYNESVILLE/RICHLAND, Mo. (June 27, 2009) — Car wrecks Friday night sent three people to area hospitals, according to state patrol and local police reports.

A two-vehicle wreck on Historic Route 66 in Waynesville near the Bank of Iberia and Waynesville Cinema sent two people to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital with undetermined injuries, and tied up traffic for nearly half an hour as people were leaving work.

Waynesville police haven’t yet completed their accident report, but Waynesville Rural Fire Chief Doug Yurecko said his firefighters were called at 4:45 p.m. to what was originally reported as a crash on Cash James street. When they arrived, they discovered the wreck was actually a few hundred feet west of the Ichord Avenue intersection with Historic Route 66.

The crash involved a black Jeep Laredo 4x4 with front-end damage and a brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup with major rear-end damage to its pickup truck bed, which was crumpled by the force of impact. Both vehicles were removed by Jack’s Towing personnel; two patients who had been in the pickup were transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel. Emergency personnel cleared the crash site at 5:10 p.m.

The occupants of the Jeep Laredo were not hurt.

Names and any citations were not immediately available.

Later that evening, Tri-County firefighters from Richland and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel responded to a 10 p.m. report of a rollover wreck northwest of Richland with a vehicle resting against a bluff.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Amanda R. Minges, 22, of Lake Ozark, was eastbound in a 1991 Honda on Route A at Torinado Springs in Camden County when she failed to negotiate a curve to the left, exited the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Minges, who had been wearing her seat belt, was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Lake Ozark. Her vehicle was totaled and removed by A-1 Thomas Towing.

In an unrelated Friday incident, state troopers in Pulaski County arrested Benjamin U. Salazar, 22, of Hayward, Calif., at 2:05 a.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding. Salazar was transported to the Pulaski County Jail and subsequently released.

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