Waynesville firefighters wait at the scene of a rollover wreck Friday afternoon on Superior Road west of Poor Boys Garage.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 20, 2009) — State troopers and firefighters raced from crash to crash much of Friday afternoon, including three wrecks on Interstate 44 between mile marker 149 and mile marker 154 that snarled traffic on the interstate.
However, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the afternoon’s only crashes that led to injuries were two crashes by teenage drivers on Superior Road between Waynesville and St. Robert and on Highway T north of Waynesville.
About 1:50 p.m., emergency personnel received a report of a rollover crash on Superior Road about a mile west of Poor Boy’s towing. Upon arrival, Waynesville firefighters found a blue 1995 Ford Aspire had a smashed windshield and torn-off front bumper following a rollover wreck that left the car with its rear end propped up against a dirt embankment and facing out into the gravel road.
A male passenger in the car was not hurt but the driver, Tabitha K. Draper, 19, of Dixon, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics.
Troopers reported that Draper, who had been wearing her seat belt, had been westbound on Superior Road when she lost control, began sliding, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.
Draper’s car was totaled and removed by Poor Boys.
About 4:50 p.m., troopers received a report of a wreck on Route T about three miles north of the Waynesville city limits. According to state patrol reports, Tooa F. Rodriguez, 13, of Waynesville, had been driving southbound in a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country when she ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
Rodriguez was not hurt but her passenger, Otalia G. Teague, 2, also of Waynesville, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.
Troopers reported that Rodriguez had been wearing her seat belt and Teague was in child restraints.
The car sustained only minor damage and was driven from the scene.
In two unrelated incidents:
• State troopers in Pulaski County arrested Brian W. Gamm, 24, of Brumley, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a misdemeanor warrant from Miller County for no seat belt. Gamm was transported to the Pulaski County Jail and eligible for bond.
• Troopers in Texas County arrested Samuel Thomas, 25, of Plato, at 8:38 a.m. Friday on a felony warrant for failure to appear on stolen property charges. Thomas was transported to the Texas County Jail where he was eligible for bond.