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Three Thursday wrecks injure three
Three Thursday wrecks injure three

Laquey resident John P. Gifford was among three injured in Thursday wrecks.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 27, 2010) — Three separate Thursday wrecks each injured one area resident, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Troopers reported that Alayna N. Johnson, 16, of Fort Leonard Wood, stopped her 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt about 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 28 and Hampton Drive about two miles north of Exit 163 to investigate a possible mechanical problem with her vehicle. After she got out of her vehicle, it began to roll backwards to the south and Johnson was struck by an open door.

Johnson suffered only minor injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. The vehicle sustained no damage and was driven from the scene.

Waynesville firefighters also assisted at the scene.

Tri-County firefighters from Richland assisted state troopers in handling a 6 p.m. T-bone crash on Highway 133 just south of the city limits near Goodrich Gas.

According to Sgt. Daryl Suhr and state patrol reports, Patrick N. Posten, 17, of Richland, was westbound crossing Highway 133 from one private driveway to another when he pulled his red 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck into the path of a gold 2002 Chevrolet Venture van driven southbound by John P. Gifford, 33, of Laquey.

Posten wasn’t hurt but Gifford suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Medical Center in Lebanon. Gifford’s van was extensively damaged and removed by Larry’s Towing of Richland; Posten’s pickup sustained moderate damage but was drivable.

Both drivers had been wearing their seat belts.

Outside the immediate area, Joel D. Mayhew, 19, of Fort Leonard Wood, was driving a 2000 Buick Regal eastbound on Interstate 44 at mile marker 249 in Franklin County when he ran off the left side of the roadway at 4:50 p.m., overcorrected, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Mayhew, who had been wearing his seatbelt, suffered only minor injuries and was transported by troopers to St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington. His car was totaled and removed by Sturm’s.

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