PC man injured in Christmas Eve wreck
A Pierce City man was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:40 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 on Highway 97 about four miles north of Pierce City.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 1998 Lincoln Continental, Ben W. Beachamp, 37, failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a sign, a ditch and then crossed the road where it struck another sign, a fence and a tree.
Beachamp was transported by ambulance to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin with moderate injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.