Three crashes keep troopers, Dixon emergency personnel busy on Saturday
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Saturday, July 25, 2009 11:51 pm
Gene's Towing personnel work to remove a rollover west of Dixon.
DIXON, Mo. (July 25, 2009) — Crashes kept Dixon firefighters and other emergency personnel rushing from incident to incident throughout much of Saturday.
The first wreck happened at 3 a.m. on the 22000 block of State Road 133 near Dixon. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Linda J. Skaggs, 37, of Dixon, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer northbound when she ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence, crossed a field, struck a second fence and came to rest.
Skaggs suffered only minor injuries and was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel. However, her vehicle was totaled and removed by Poor Boy’s Towing.
Troopers reported that they weren’t sure whether Skaggs had been using her seat belt.
A second wreck on Highway 133 about 1 p.m. injured nobody, but totaled two vehicles in a rollover that snarled traffic west of Dixon on the 16600 block of Highway 133.
State troopers said David Braddum, 80, of Dixon, was using a tow dolly to remove a junk car from his farm property and was driving westbound in a white 2001 Toyota Tundra TRD when his load began to cause problems.
“He was just pulling the trailer with the car on it, the trailer started getting out of control, and it flipped over,” said Trooper K. Knight. “The truck then flipped over on the passenger side.”
The towed car, a black Buick, landed on its top and was pulled out of an adjacent field by Gene’s Towing of Crocker with the assistance of Dixon firefighters, who remained on the crash scene to control traffic until nearly 3:30 p.m. Braddum and a passenger, both of whom had been wearing their seat belts, suffered no injuries although the truck was totaled.
The pickup was also removed by Gene’s Towing.
About an hour after clearing up the rollover, Dixon firefighters received a call reporting a crash of a motorcycle near the junction of Highway O and Highway 28 south of Dixon. Upon arrival, troopers determined that Jock L. Simpson, 46, of St. Robert, had been southbound turning onto Highway O from Highway 28 at 4:30 p.m. when his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle FLHPI slid on loose gravel, ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Simpson, who had been wearing his helmet, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital by Dixon Ambulance District personnel. His motorcycle sustained only minor damages and Simpson arranged for it to be removed.
State troopers also made two unrelated arrests Saturday in Pulaski County:
• At 2:05 a.m., troopers arrested Anthony J. Gifford, 25, of Devil’s Elbow, on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense. Gifford was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.
• At 1:50 a.m., troopers arrested Craig C. Wilber, 53, of Vinita, Calif., on a Cass County misdemeanor warrant for a log book violation. Wilber was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.