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Two head-on wrecks kill two, injure seven
Two head-on wrecks kill two, injure seven

Crocker and Tri-County firefighters work together to clean up the wreckage of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 133 between Richland and Swedeborg that claimed the lives of both drivers.
RICHLAND/HOUSTON, Mo. (Dec. 27, 2008) — Two separate head-on wrecks Saturday afternoon killed two drivers and injured seven people, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

A head-on crash on Highway 133 between Richland and Swedeborg involving a van and a pickup killed both drivers and left an 11-year-old passenger with moderate injuries.

Tri-County firefighters from Richland and Crocker firefighters received a call at 3:20 p.m. reporting a two-vehicle head-on crash two miles outside of Richland on Highway 133. After arriving at the crash, firefighters reported extensive extrication would be needed and called for assistance from the Richland Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in blocking off the main road between Richland and Crocker, which remained closed more than an hour and a half.

Extrication of the victims took more than an hour and the names of those killed in the crash weren’t immediately released pending notification of relatives. Later Saturday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the crash claimed the lives of Linda M. Wall, 63, of Richland, and Levi R. Clark, 17, of Crocker.

Katie Wall, 11, a passenger in Linda Wall’s white 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center; Linda Wall was transported by paramedics from the same ambulance district to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

Both Linda and Katie Wall had been wearing their seat belts, troopers reported.

Clark, who had not been wearing his seat belt while driving his white 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, was pronounced dead by the county coroner and transported by the coroner to Long-Gilbert Funeral Home in Crocker.

According to the state patrol report, Clark had been northbound on Highway 133 in his pickup when he crossed the centerline and hit Wall’s van head-on.

Both vehicles were totaled and removed by Larry’s Towing of Richland.

Elsewhere in Missouri on Saturday, a Texas County head-on crash wrecked two vehicles and injured six people, four from Waynesville.

Troopers reported that at 1:18 p.m., Michelle L. Mongillo, 25, of West Plains, was southbound on U.S. Highway 63 about four miles north of Houston when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler Sebring, hydroplaned, crossed the centerline, and struck a northbound 2001 Ford Escape driven by Trisha Bradberry, 35, also of West Plains.

Mongillo, Bradberry, and Bradberry’s passengers, David L. Bradberry, 40, Maria M. Bradberry, 12, David L. Bradberry Jr., 15, and Michael D. Toole, 16, all of Waynesville, were transported to Texas County Memorial Hospital for treatment of various injuries.

The elder David Bradberry and Maria Bradberry suffered minor injuries; the other four injured people suffered moderate injuries. All had been wearing their seat belts, troopers reported.

Both vehicles were totaled and removed by A-1 Towing of Houston.

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