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Four Thursday wrecks damage six vehicles, hurt eight people around area
Four Thursday wrecks damage six vehicles, hurt eight people around area

Semi truck wreckage littered the roadway Thursday morning in Buckhorn.
BUCKHORN/CROCKER/STOUTLAND, Mo. (Aug. 20, 2009) — Two early morning wrecks in Buckhorn and two nighttime wrecks injured eight people and damaged six vehicles on Thursday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The two morning wrecks happened within just a few minutes of each other at 6:10 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., both around mile marker 155.

State troopers reported that the first wreck involved a 2008 Acura driven by Jerry S. Koplan, 56, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who had been eastbound when he ran off the left side of the roadway and collided with the median cables. Koplan, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. His Acura was extensively damaged and removed by Jack’s Towing.

The second wreck happened when a 2007 International semi truck driven by Craig A. Swinehart, 36, of Mishawaka, Ind., was eastbound when he ran off the left side of the roadway, struck the median cables, ran off the right side of the roadway, and struck a sign before overturning.

The USA Truck semi was left facing westbound in the eastbound lane and rolled over onto the passenger side; troopers reported it had been totaled.

Swineheart, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Jack’s Towing removed the semi.

The two evening wrecks also happened within a brief time period.

According to state patrol reports, David Etheridge, 22, of Crocker, was eastbound on Brooklyn Road a mile west of Crocker at 7:34 p.m. when his 2003 Dodge rounded a blind corner and struck a westbound 1992 Cadillac Deville head-on driven by George O. Myers, 69, also of Crocker.

Neither driver was hurt but two passengers in Etheridge’s vehicle, Jeffrey Franklin, 7, and Amber Ransome, 28, all of Crocker, both suffered minor injuries and were taken by private vehicle to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. All four people except Ransome had been wearing their seat belts.

Etheridge’s Dodge sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Myers’ Cadillac was moderately damaged and removed by Jack’s Towing.

East of the county line, a crash on Laclede County Route FF about two miles east of Route T extensively damaged two vehicles and injured four occupants, all of Richland. Troopers reported that Linda S. Owen, 50, was westbound in a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 when it was struck in the left side by a 1993 Mazda Protégé driven by William S. McDonald, 19, while turning into a private driveway.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, as did Owen’s passenger, Margaret Lytell, 47; all three had been wearing their seat belts and refused treatment at the scene. However, McDonald’s passenger, Michael L. Robinson, 23, of Richland, had not been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries, and was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon.

Both vehicles were removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

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