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Highway Patrol Investigates Three Wrecks In Two Days

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated three motor vehicle crashes in Douglas County within a 30-hour period this week.

At least one serious injury was reported.

On Monday afternoon, Jan. 14, Tpr. Daniel Johnson was called to a one-vehicle crash on Route U, seven miles northeast of Ava.

The report issued by Troop G says the crash occurred at 3:50 p.m. as a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Tayler E. Cain, 16, of Mansfield, ran off the roadway and overturned.

The driver sustained moderate injuries in the crash.

A passenger, Clay A. Smith, 17, of Mansfield, suffered minor injuries and sought his own medical treatment. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts according to the report.

The officer reported that the westbound pickup ran off the roadway and the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to leave the roadway once again where it overturned.

At 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Patrol investigated a one-vehicle wreck nine miles west of Ava on Highway 76.

Cpl. Brian Thompson reported that a 1989 Dodge Dakota truck driven by David C. Overcast, 42, of Ava, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, traveling down a steep embankment.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. He was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by Cox Ambulance.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cpl. Thompson was dispatched to another crash on Highway 95, half a mile north of Gentryville, that resulted in serious injuries to an occupant.

The Troop G report says a 2003 Dodge Durango driven by Robert D. Vernon, 19, of Mtn. Grove, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, then ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree and a fence.

Vernon was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by a Mercy Ambulance from Mtn. Grove with moderate injuries.

A passenger, Ashley N. Elliott, 16, of Cabool, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield.

Neither Vernon nor Elliott was wearing a seatbelt, the Troop G report said.