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Four crashes involving area residents injure seven on Thursday and Friday
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2009) — Three Thursday crashes and one Friday night crash involving area residents sent seven people to hospitals or clinics with various injuries. All but one, however, happened outside Pulaski County.

The one exception was an early morning wreck on Highway 28 about three miles south of Dixon in which Cherita R. McLaughlin, 22, of Saint Robert, was driving a 2003 Dodge Neon northbound at 1:30 a.m. Thursday when she ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign and some small trees, and stopped off the roadway.

McLaughlin, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla for treatment. Her car was totaled and removed by Pro Tow.

All the other wrecks happened in other counties.

Later in the afternoon, state troopers in St. Francois County, which is south of St. Louis, responded to a 1:55 p.m. Thursday crash on Old Bonne Terre Road less than a mile north of Business Route 67 in which Shelly R. Odgers, 43, of Dixon, had been northbound in a 2006 Ford Taurus on Old Bonne Terre Road when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed the center line, and struck a southbound 2003 Chevrolet 1500 head-on driven by Phylis R. Rodgers, 59, of Cannon City, Colo.

Both women suffered minor injuries and were transported to Mineral Area Hospital for treatment; both had been wearing their seat belts.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage. Odgers’ Ford Taurus was towed by Marlers Towing and Rodgers’ Chevrolet was towed by Buckley’s Towing.

A 4 p.m. Thursday crash involving a school bus in Maries County wasn’t initially reported as causing injuries, but troopers received a late report that Von A. Brown, 9, of Belle, had received minor injuries after the school bus driver, Chasity D. Honse, 28, of Dixon, had backed her 1996 International school bus northbound out of a driveway on Maries County Road 317 about a third of a mile from Highway 42 and struck a tree, causing moderate damage to the school bus but not injuring herself or any other passengers.

The school bus remained drivable and troopers reported that Brown did not say he had any injuries until after he arrived home, at which time he was transported by private vehicle to an after-hours doctor.

Honse had been wearing her seat belt; belts were not required on Brown’s passenger seat.

The worst wreck involving local residents happened on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County, about three miles west of Mt. Vernon. Troopers reported that Jasmina N. Sutton, 27, of Waynesville, had been westbound on I-44 in a 1994 Cadillac when she ran off the roadway at 10:05 p.m. Friday, struck a roadside and the guardrail, and then after striking the guardrail, overturned down an embankment.

Sutton and one of her passengers, Phabeyonne Williams, 33, of St. Robert, suffered minor injuries; her other passenger, Marcellus J. Watson, 36, also of St. Robert, suffered moderate injuries. All had been wearing their seat belts and all were taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and removed by Bielliers Wrecker of Mt. Vernon.

In an unrelated arrest, state troopers in Phelps County arrested Dorothy M. Taylor, 60, of St. Robert, at 6:44 a.m. Friday on charges of speeding and two misdemeanor warrants for no valid driver’s license and speeding. Taylor was transported by troopers to the Phelps County Jail where she was eligible for bond.

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