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Six from area hurt in wrecks
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 12, 2009) — Two recent crashes sent six people to area hospitals with various injuries, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Four Dixon residents suffered minor injuries in a Monday evening crash in Webster County a half-mile west of Marshfield. Troopers reported that at 9:50 p.m., Suzanne M. Reed, 32, was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan eastbound when she ran off the roadway and struck the guard cable.

Reed and her three children, Samarra S. Reed, 14, Michael P. Conklin, 12, and Catlyn K. Conklin, 10, were all transported to Breech Hospital in Lebanon. All had been wearing their seatbelts, troopers reported.

Their van was totaled and removed by Marshfield Towing.

A much worse wreck happened Tuesday evening south of Laquey on Route NN.

Troopers reported that Carlos L. Rivera, 20, of Fort Leonard Wood, was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra southbound about 2-1/2 miles south of Highway 17 at 7:35 p.m. when he began skidding and sliding on wet pavement, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times.

Rivera had only minor injuries but his passenger, Amanda L. Hood, 21, of Wood River, Ill., was seriously injured. Both were transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for treatment, and troopers said both had been wearing their seat belts.

The vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

In two unrelated Wednesday incidents, troopers in Pulaski County arrested people from out of state.

At 1:36 a.m., troopers arrested Tristan H. Clapp, 23, of Plymouth, Mass., on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, and speeding. Clapp was taken to the Pulaski County Jail but subsequently released.

At 1:30 p.m., troopers arrested Leslie B. Howard, 54, of Oregon City, Ore., on two felony charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of burglary tools. Howard was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.

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