by: Scott McCaulley

Morning accidents kept the Missouri Highway Patrol busy both Friday and Saturday.

The Friday accident took place around 9:30 on Highway 165 west of Hollister when a car driven by 24-year-old Richard Martin of Hollister began to run off the right side of the road, then over-corrected and crossed over into the other lane hitting a truck driven by 65-year-old Donald Dusenberry also of Hollister. Martin and Dusenberry were both transported to Cox Medical Center for treatment of minor and moderate injuries respectively. According to a post from the Western Taney County Fire Protection District Facebook Page, their crews assisted in clearing the accident which forced 165 to be closed for around an hour.

The first of two Saturday accidents happened just before 11:00 am on Highway 86 six miles west of Blue Eye in Stone County when a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Madison Reece of Blue Eye ran off the right side of the road, impacted and embankment, went airborne then landed and rolled over before stopping. Reece sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Cox Medical Center in Branson for treatment.

The second Saturday accident happened around the same time on Highway 76 near Indian Point Road when two out of state vehicles were involved in a rear end collision. A vehicle driven by Kim Willer, 64, of Urbandale, Iowa ran into a vehicle driven by Reggie Robinson, 34, of Fort Smith Arkansas. Willer was not injuried but Robinson and two passengers in his car sustained minor injuries and were treated at Cox Medical Center Branson.

A final accident in the Lakes Region took place Sunday evening around 9:10 on Highway 76 at K Highway when a car driven by 32-year-old Tara Boan of Forsyth ran off the road and struck a tree. Boan was uninjured but an eight year old passenger in the vehicle did sustain minor injuries and was taken for treatment to Cox Medical Center in Branson.