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Two Tuesday morning rollovers total vehicles, badly injure both drivers
Two Tuesday morning rollovers total vehicles, badly injure both drivers

Emergency personnel respond to a rollover wreck on I-44.
SAINT ROBERT/RICHLAND, Mo. (March 2, 2010) — Two separate one-vehicle rollovers injured drivers early Tuesday morning.

The worst of the two wrecks happened about four miles away from Richland on Route A in Camden County, about a tenth of a mile west of Fairview Road. Tricounty firefighters from Richland, Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel, and state troopers responded and found that William S. McDonald, 19, of Richland, was at a different location from where the crash had happened.

According to state patrol reports, McDonald had been westbound on Route A about 1:10 a.m. driving a 1996 Nissan when he ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the center line, and ran off the left side of the roadway. He then struck a tree and overturned multiple times, went through a fence, and came to rest in a field.

McDonald suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Tri-County Towing.

Troopers reported that he had no insurance.

A second wreck at 5 a.m. totaled a red 1991 Chevrolet pickup driven by Carrie D. Burdette, 33, of Rolla, who rolled her vehicle at mile marker 165.4 of Interstate 44 just west of the Big Piney River Bridge, causing her pickup to land on its top and block the right-hand eastbound lane of the interstate.

Pulaski County deputies, state troopers, and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel responded, along with Waynesville firefighters who had to extricate Burdette from her pickup.

According to state patrol reports, Burdette, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered moderate injuries in the wreck which totaled her pickup. Troopers said she had been eastbound when she ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Burdette was transported by ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Her pickup was removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

In unrelated incidents recently reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

• Tonia D. Franks, 25, of Dixon, was arrested at 1:24 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, on Rolla police warrants for failure to appear on traffic charges. Troopers took her to the Pulaski County Jail where she was eligible for bond.

• Howard T. Bascher, 58, of Waynesville, was arrested at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, on charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• Levi S. Baker, 38, of Hesperia, Calif, was arrested at 1:53 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving the wrong direction on a highway. Troopers took him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• Anthony A. Ham, 41, and Kira L. Ham, 25, both of Waynesville, were both arrested at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, on charges of third-degree domestic assault. Both were taken to the Pulaski County Jail and subsequently released.

• Albert A. Stiga, 62, of Richland, was arrested at 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, on two misdemeanor Phelps County warrants for failure to display valid plates and failure to maintain proof of insurance; a misdemeanor Waynesville warrant for failure to maintain proof of insurance; and for driving with an expired license. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

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