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Highway 17 wreck injuries minor, Plato wreck causes extensive damage
>WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Sept. 15, 2009) — A single-vehicle crash Monday evening near the Gasconade River Bridge between Crocker and Waynesville caused minor damage to the vehicle and minor damage to two of its occupants, but a head-on wreck south of Fort Leonard Wood early Tuesday morning caused extensive damage to both vehicles.

State troopers reported that Eric H. Vorum, 29, of Crocker, had been northbound on Highway 17 about three miles north of Waynesville when his 2005 Dodge ran off the right side of the roadway at 5:40 p.m. Vorum overcorrected, continued off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Vorum and his passenger, Eric L. Vorum, 49, of St. Robert, both declined medical treatment at the scene and said they’d seek their own medical attention at a later time. The driver had been wearing his seat belt but the passenger had not. Jack’s Towing removed the vehicle.

On Tuesday morning, Julie M. Wright, 44, of Plato, had been southbound on Palace Road in Texas County about a quarter-mile north of Evening Shade at 7:08 a.m. when her 2001 Ford Mustang met a northbound 1999 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Tyler E. Williams, 18, of also of Plato, in a curve and the two vehicles hit head-on in the center of the road.

Wright, Williams, and Williams’ passenger, Ariana F. Woods, 17, of Roby, all suffered minor injuries. Williams refused medical treatment; Wright and Woods were both transported by ambulance to Texas County Hospital in Houston. All except Woods had been wearing their seat belts.

Arrington Auto Repair removed Williams’ Lumina and towed Wright’s Mustang to her home.

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