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Trouwer Hollow wreck hurts one north of Waynesville

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2008) — A 9:45 a.m. Friday crash on Highway T about a mile north of the Waynesville city limits in Trouwer Hollow injured a Waynesville woman.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Jennifer S. Mullies, 37, of Waynesville, suffered moderate injuries after her southbound 2008 Chrysler 300 skidded off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Mullies, who had been wearing her seat belt, was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage and was removed by Jack’s Towing.

Waynesville firefighters also assisted at the crash scene.

State troopers also released details Friday on a 2:40 p.m. Wednesday crash on eastbound Interstate 44 just west of the Big Piney River Bridge that sent a semi truck into the median guard cables and a passenger car into a rock bluff. The wreck involved a 2004 Freightliner semi driven by Andrew C. Smith, 42, of Litchfield, Ill., and owned by NFI Interactive Logistics of Vineland, N.J., pulling a Staples trailer, and a white Ford Escort SE driven by Verne E. Massey, 73, of St. Robert.

Massey and her grandchild, Page Massey, 12, of Devil’s Elbow, were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla for treatment. All three had been wearing their seat belts; Page Massey had minor injuries and Verne Massey had moderate injuries, but the truck driver was not hurt.

According to state patrol reports, Massey had moved her car to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid a previous accident. The semi driven by Smith slid on wet pavement causing the towed trailer to strike Massey’s car, knocking it off the right side of the roadway into a rock bluff. The semi then slid off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier.

The car sustained extensive driver’s-side damage and was totaled; the semi had minor damage and was driven from the scene. The truck was pulled out of the median guard cables and the car was towed away by Jack’s Towing personnel.

In an unrelated arrest following a crash, state troopers picked up David S. Batchler, 34, of St. Robert, on charges of felony kidnapping and felony leaving the scene of an accident. Troopers reported they arrested him at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and took him to the Pulaski County Jail, where he was subsequently released.

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