Six crashes involving area residents hurt 13 people so far since Thursday
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2009 11:58 pm
Seven people were taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla following this Saturday rollover.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 23, 2009) — Nobody was hurt in car crashes on graduation night from Pulaski County’s two largest high schools, but at least six other crashes around the area injured many Pulaski County residents.
The worst crash reported so far was a Saturday morning rollover wreck in St. Robert that sent seven patients, some of them children, to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla with undetermined injuries.
Little information was immediately available about the 10:40 a.m. crash in the eastbound lane of Old Route 66 at the corner of Plattner Avenue in St. Robert. Both vehicles involved, a white Ford Escort passenger car with front-end damage and a green Chevy Blazer van that had rolled onto its passenger side, were removed by Jack’s Towing of St. Robert.
St. Robert police took the accident report and information on the drivers and their condition wasn’t available as of Saturday night. St. Robert firefighters and state troopers assisted at the crash scene.
A Thursday night rollover wreck on Highway U about three miles west of Crocker seriously injured Adam P. Burge, 18, of Crocker, and totaled his vehicle.
State troopers reported that at 10:10 p.m., Burge had been westbound in a 1998 Nissan Sentra when he ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and overturned. Burge, who had not been wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. His vehicle was removed by Gene’s Towing of Crocker.
Another wreck happened near Crocker Friday morning when Jose E. Mangual, 36, of St. Robert, was northbound on Highway 17 about three miles north of Crocker at 10:45 a.m. riding a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle, crossed the center line, went off the left side of the roadway and overturned. Mangual, who had been wearing his helmet, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment.
His motorcycle sustained extensive damage and was removed by private vehicle.
Another crash on Friday sent a motorcyclist to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital with undetermined injuries, according to Sgt. Butch Hohman of the St. Robert Police Department.
Hohman said Officer Montana Ouellette responded to a three-vehicle crash at 12:43 p.m. involving a 1993 Dodge driven by Elizabeth M. Houghton, 23, of Dixon, a 1982 Honda motorcycle ridden by Sean C. Nichols, 36, of St. Robert, and a 2004 Lincoln driven by Annie R. Johnson, 67, of Dixon. Police reported that the crash happened when Nichols and Johnson were stopped in traffic on westbound Old Route 66 just before the Exit 159 overpass. Houghton was driving, westbound, diverted her attention from the roadway as she approached the stopped vehicles, failed to see that the vehicles were stopped in the roadway and continued forward, causing the Houghton vehicle to hit the Nichols vehicle, propelling it forward and hitting the Johnson vehicle.
Houghton’s Dodge and Nichols’ motorcycle both sustained extensive damage and were removed by Jack’s Towing; Johnson’s Lincoln sustained only minor damage and was able to be driven from the scene. Nichols was transported to the hospital by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel.
Outside the immediate area, wrecks on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning outside the county but involving local residents hurt three people.
State troopers in Boone County reported Thursday that a Waynesville woman, Crystal M. Hutchinson, 19, ran her 2007 Chevrolet into the rear end of a 1987 Chrysler driven by Michelle L. Sanders, 35, of Columbia, who was stopped in traffic on U.S. Route 40 about a quarter-mile west of the Interstate 70 junction waiting to make a left hand turn.
According to state patrol reports, Sanders suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia following the 2:12 p.m. wreck. Hutchinson was not hurt; both had been wearing their seat belts. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were removed by Tiger Towing.
Two St. Robert residents suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday morning wreck about a mile west of Rolla, according to state troopers in Phelps County.
Troopers reported that Robert M. Dowling, 28, had been westbound on County Road 8100 at 9:30 a.m. in a 2008 Dodge Avenger when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, causing extensive damage to his vehicle and injuring both himself and his passenger, Nolan B. Mosier, 26. Both were taken by Phelps County ambulance personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Mosier had been wearing his seat belt but Dowling had not, according to the state patrol report. Their vehicle sustained extensive damage and was removed by C&C Towing.