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Two hurt in separate Wednesday morning wrecks in Waynesville
Two hurt in separate Wednesday morning wrecks in Waynesville

A medical condition caused a driver to lose control of his car Wednesday in Waynesville.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2009) — Two separate Waynesville wrecks injured two people on Wednesday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The first wreck happened when a driver suffering from an unknown medical condition veered off the eastbound lanes of Historic Route 66 about 7:30 a.m. west of the Bank of Iberia building, ran into an open field, and careened down a ravine into a water-filled ditch after clipping an electric pole.

“He got the pole and took the guy wire out, too,” said Waynesville Rural Fire Chief Doug Yurecko.

The blue Dodge Caravan landed on the passenger side on an angle in the water-filled ditch, sustaining extensive damage. Emergency crews responded with two ambulances and electric department personnel; two juvenile passengers in the van were checked out by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel and determined to be unhurt, but the driver, Jeffrey Grube, of Waynesville, was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for emergency treatment.

“He’s being checked for cardiac symptoms,” said Officer Sharon Miller of the Waynesville Police Department. No citations are planned, Miller said.

Poor Boys Towing removed the van from the ditch.

Later in the morning, emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 17 at 10:10 a.m., about five miles north of Waynesville in which Lloyd K. Davis, 75, of Crocker, was northbound when he slowed for traffic ahead and his 2004 Chevrolet was struck in the rear by a northbound Nissan driven by Tyler G. Pierce, 24, also of Crocker.

Pierce’s Nissan sustained moderate damage and Davis’ Chevrolet had extensive damage. Pierce removed his own vehicle while Davis’ Chevrolet was removed by Gene’s Towing.

Neither driver was hurt but a passenger in Pierce’s car, Landon J. Pierce, 2, also of Crocker, suffered minor injuries. Troopers reported that the parent sought treatment later for the injuries.

Davis had been wearing his seat belt but Tyler Pierce was not wearing his seat belt and Landon Pierce was not in a child restraint, according to state patrol reports.

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