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Plato man moderately injured Saturday
Plato man moderately injured Saturday

Emergency rescue personnel say the driver of this pickup suffered moderate injuries in an early morning crash on Saturday, Nov. 8
FAIRVIEW, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2008) — An early Saturday morning wreck sent a Plato man to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon with moderate injuries, state troopers reported.

About 3 a.m. Saturday, the Pulaski County 911 Center received a call reporting a pickup truck had crashed on Highway 17 several miles south of Highway E, an isolated rural area west of Fort Leonard Wood. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the crash was in far southwestern Pulaski County or across the county line in Laclede County, so Waynesville and Nebo-Falcon firefighters were both sent to the wreck. No state troopers were on duty so Pulaski County deputies were asked to assist.

Upon arrival, firefighters and deputies found a blue 2007 Ford Ranger pickup had run off the east side of the road and careened into a ditch about a mile south of Highway E, which is 10 miles south of the Buckhorn exit on Interstate 44. According to state patrol reports, Beau McMahon, 22, of Plato, had been southbound on Highway 17 when he ran off the right side of the road, began sliding, returned to the road, slid off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.

The pickup was extensively damaged on its front end and landed facing northbound, the opposite way the driver had been traveling at the time of the crash. It was removed by Poor Boys’ Towing. McMahon, who according to Lt. Mike Shempert of the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District had suffered a possible broken ankle, was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to St. John’s Hospital for treatment. Troopers reported that McMahon had been wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

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