by Greg Pyron

A passenger van slid off Highway 76 just east of Branson Thursday morning, injuring one person.  The MO Highway Patrol Crash report says Michael Latham of Taneyville was westbound about 10:40 a.m., when he lost control of the van on rain slick pavement.  The vehicle skidded into a ditch and overturned onto the passenger side.  Latham’s passenger, 41-year-old Joshua Fields of Kissee Mills was hospitalized with moderate injuries.  Latham was not injured,  Neither man wore a seatbelt according to the crash report.