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Three Saturday rollovers injure nine
Three Saturday rollovers injure nine

Waynesville firefighters examine a rollover wreck on Superior Road between Waynesville and St. Robert..
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 11, 2010) — Three separate rollovers wrecks on Saturday sent eight people to hospitals with a variety of injuries, and also caused minor injuries to a ninth person.

The day’s worst wreck happened just north of Pulaski County in the Brumley area when a Crocker driver wrecked his pickup at the junction of Highway 42 and Highway U at 1:15 a.m. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Brady L. Long, 22, had been driving a 2003 Ford truck northbound when he passed another vehicle, lost control, and overturned several times, injuring seven teenagers in his truck.

None of the eight injured people had been wearing their seat belts.

Troopers reported that Long, Jacob W. Brown, 16, of an unknown address, Mason J. Witt, 15, of Brumley, Garrett T. Fancher, 16, of an unknown address, were all airlifted by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Another passenger, Autumn F. Brown, 16, of an unknown address, was airlifted by Staff for Life to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of serious injuries.

Other passengers also sustained serious injuries. Colt S. England, 19, of Crocker, and Megan K. Hentges, 19, of Jefferson City, were both transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

Leslie N. Ponder, 17, of Dixon suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Miller County sheriff’s deputies also assisted at the crash scene. Long’s truck was totaled and removed by Woods Towing of Eldon.

Long was arrested at 1:38 a.m. on charges of first offense drunk driving and seven counts of felony second-degree assault; he was released after being transported to the hospital.

A wreck later in the morning on Highway 28 about four miles north of Saint Robert sent firefighters and emergency personnel from both Dixon and Waynesville hunting for a crash that was wrongly reported as being at the junction of Highway 28 and Highway PP, but later determined to be on sharp curves south of Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Troopers reported that Joshua S. Lopez, 18, of St. Robert, had been northbound in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix when he lost control of his vehicle on wet pavement, skidded off the right side of the roadway and overturned, suffering moderate injuries.

Lopez, who had been wearing his seat belt, was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

The day’s third rollover didn’t injure the driver or two passengers, including an infant, but resulted in the driver’s arrest on an unrelated warrant.

According to Sgt. Mike Jones, Brittney Reynolds, 20, of Waynesville, had been driving southbound on Superior Road about 3 p.m. when she saw a dead deer laying on the roadway, attempted to avoid the deer, but did hit it and ran her black 2006 Dodge Charger off the right side of roadway. The vehicle then overturned onto its passenger side but was caught by trees and didn’t fall farther down a steep hillside.

Reynolds’ vehicle sustained moderate to extensive damage to its roof and windshield, Jones said, but was not totaled. Poor Boy’s Towing removed the vehicle.

Waynesville police, sheriff’s deputies, and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel assisted at the crash scene.

Troopers arrested Reynolds on a misdemeanor warrant from Bourbon for failure to appear on a speeding charge; she was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where she was eligible for bond.

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