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Two locals involved in out-of-county crashes during Monday and Tuesday
CROCKER/SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2009) — Two separate out-of-county crashes injured local residents on Monday and Tuesday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The Monday evening wreck was a four-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 54 just north of Interstate 70 in Calloway County involving a St. Robert driver, Michael R. Kampmeier, 51, who was not hurt. Troopers reported that Patricia L. Clay, 44, of Mexico, Mo., had been westbound on Route 54 in a 1996 Dodge Intrepid when she struck a 1997 Ford Expedition at 5:45 p.m. driven by Jonathan J. Tharnstrom, 23, of Wheaton, Ill., pushing the Expedition into the rear of Kampmeier’s 2001 GMC pickup, which was then pushed into the rear of a 2007 Suzi Forenza driven by Kelsey K. Simcoe, 16, of Auxvasse, all of which had been travelling westbound.

All of the drivers had been wearing their seat belts and none except Simcoe were hurt. Simcoe suffered minor injuries and was transported to Callaway Community Hospital for treatment. All four vehicles remained drivable and were removed by their owners; all except Clay’s Dodge Intrepid sustained only minor damage. Clay’s vehicle had extensive damage but remained drivable.

Tuesday’s crash was closer to Pulaski County.

Troopers reported that Melinda A. White, 25, of Kaiser, had been eastbound on Highway 42 a half-mile east of Miller County Road 42-3 when she stopped her 1999 Pontiac Grand Am at 12:45 p.m. to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by a 1996 Toyota Tacoma driven by Brandon M. Chaffin, 26, of Crocker.

Both drivers had been wearing their seat belts; Chaffin was not hurt but White suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach.

White’s Grand Am was moderately damaged and left at the crash scene. Chaffin’s Tacoma had only minor damage and could be driven from the scene. Troopers reported that White had no proof of insurance.

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