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Two separate Richland rollovers wreck vehicles Sunday and Monday afternoon
Two separate Richland rollovers wreck vehicles Sunday and Monday afternoon

Hazelgreen firefighters help Rothmund's Towing workers remove a rollover wreck.
RICHLAND, Mo. (Oct. 12, 2009) — Separate one-vehicle rollover wrecks south of Richland on Sunday and Monday afternoon seriously injured a driver who had not been wearing her seat belt but left a different driver unhurt who had been wearing his seat belt.

The worst of the two wrecks happened Sunday in the Turkey Ridge area on Highway W about eight miles south of Richland when, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Penni L. Vess, 40, of Waynesville, was northbound in a 2004 Ford Ranger, ran off the right side of the roadway at 4:14 p.m., collided with a mailbox and overturned, ejecting Vess from the pickup.

Vess, who had not been wearing her seat belt, was flown by St. John’s LifeLine helicopter ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of serious injuries.

Waynesville firefighters, Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel, and volunteers from Mark Twain REACT also assisted at the crash scene. Rothmund’s Towing removed the vehicle, which sustained extensive damage.

Another wreck the next day near the same area of the Highway 7 exit at mile marker 150 totaled a white 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by a California man, Kenneth Martin Hoage, 62, but Trooper C. Stallcup said his seat belt saved him from any significant injuries despite the pickup having landed on its roof in the median.

“He reported he fell asleep, hit the median cables, rolled over and came to rest in the median,” Stallcup said.

The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. in the eastbound lane, just east of the Exit 150 bridge and snarled traffic until about 5:20 p.m. when Rothmund’s Towing personnel finished pulling the pickup out of the median and towing it westbound in the eastbound lane and backwards up the off-ramp to Highway 7.

Hazelgreen firefighters and Mark Twain REACT volunteers assisted state troopers with traffic control while tow company personnel removed the pickup. Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel examined Hoage but determined he was not hurt by the rollover wreck.

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