June 15, 2006

Law Officers Investigate Rash of Local Accidents

Emergency service workers were put to the test last week as a number of local drivers were involved in traffic accidents.

A Memphis woman sustained moderate injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 6:55 a.m. on June 6 in Schuyler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Theresa L. Small, 43, was injured in the collision that occurred on Route T, approximately a half mile from the Route A intersection.

The accident occurred when a southbound 2002 Chevrolet being driven by Esther M. Brown, 54, of Greentop, failed to yield at a stop sign and entered into the path of the westbound 2001 Pontiac being driven by Small.

Small was transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Missouri Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Brown was uninjured in the crash. She was cited for failure to yield.

The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Sheriffs Department and the ambulance service.

Two Scotland County teens escaped a head-on collision with a tractor trailer with just moderate injuries.

Brett Sagerty, 17, of Memphis was northbound on Highway 63 approximately two miles south of Queen City when the 1996 Ford pickup he was driving crossed the center line and collided nearly head on with a southbound 2001 Volvo tractor trailer being driven by Paul G. Widel, 45, of Columbia.

Sagerty and a juvenile from Gorin, both sustained moderate injuries and were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Missouri Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. on June 5th.

A Memphis woman suffered minor injuries in an accident at 3:00 p.m. on June 7th on Route B six miles north of Crawford.

Donna J. Goosey, 44, was southbound on Route B in a 1994 Chrysler hauling a load of hay when she met a northbound 1999 Dodge driven by Mason D. Startt, 64, of Westminster MD. The accident occurred at a hillcrest, as the two vehicles met and Goosey attempted to avoid a collision and swerved off the right side of the roadway. She then overcorrected and went off the left side of the roadway where the vehicle impacted the ditch.

Goosey was taken by private auto to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Startt was cited for failure to drive on the right side of the roadway.

The highway patrol investigated the accident with the assistance of the Scotland County Sheriffs Department and the ambulance service.

An Arbela driver was involved in atwo-vehicle accident at 10:50 a.m. on June 8 in Linn County.

According to the highway patrol, Vernon Z. Garman, 29, was southbound on Route M (north of Brookfield) in a 1995 Ford when his truck struck a 1990 Deutz-Allis tractor that was attempting to make a right turn into a private field entrance. John M.. Burns, 56, of Brookfield, the driver of the tractor, was seriously injured in the accident. He was flown by Air Evac from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia.

The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriffs Department, the Linn County Ambulance Service and MoDOT.

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