Treacherous roads keep Highway Patrol busy
Ice-covered roadways led to a series of accidents in the bi-county area over the weekend.
A one-vehicle crash on Highway 97 one mile south of Pierce City left six people with minor injuries. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a carload of people were hurt when a 1999 Dodge Caravan driven by Crystal R. Sullivan, 23, of Sarcoxie, travelled off the left side of the roadway and struck a culvert.
Sullivan as well as Jamie M. Arnold, 17, Africa Sullivan, 1, Craig A. Sullivan, 3, Lucas J. Sullivan, 9, and Lynsey D. Sullivan, 4, all of Sarcoxie, were taken by ambulance to Cox Monett Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The Patrol report indicated that the driver and all five passengers were wearing their seat belts when the crash occurred at 5 p.m.
Other traffic crashes
* A Monett teenager received minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Highway H one-mile north of Monett on Sunday afternoon. According to the Patrol, Tori A. Rice, 16, was hurt after the 1997 Eagle Talon she was driving slid off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. The crash occurred at 1:15 p.m. The Patrol report indicated Rice was wearing her seat belt.
* Three Aurora residents were injured Saturday in a one-vehicle crash on County Road 2080 three miles west of Wheelerville in Barry County. Angel Willhite, 19, Casey Willhite, 21, and Connie J. Willhite, 44, were taken by ambulance to St. John's Hospital-Aurora with minor injuries after a 1992 Chevy Blazer driven by Donald R. Willhite, 48, of Aurora, travelled off the left side of the roadway and overturned at 4 p.m. Donald Willhite was not injured in the crash, and all those involved in the wreck were wearing their seat belts.
* A one-vehicle crash on Highway 96 four miles east of Miller in Lawrence County left a Springfield woman with moderate injuries on Saturday. Martha A. Nicholas, 46, was taken to McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage after she lost control on an ice-covered roadway, travelled off the road and overturned several times before coming to rest upright in the ditch. The crash occurred at 3:08 p.m., and Nicholas was wearing her seat belt.