by: Scott McCaulley

Troopers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol work several accidents in the Lakes Region over the weekend.

A Forsyth man was injured early Saturday morning when he lost control of his vehicle. 27-year-old Matthew Yard hit a guard rail on Bee Creek Road north of Branson around 4:15 and was taken to Cox Medical Center Branson for treatment of his minor injuries.

Another man from Forsyth was involved in an accident in Christian County south of Sparta on Highway 125 just before 3:00 Saturday afternoon. 25-year-old Austin Shipman escaped injury in the two-vehicle crash that occurred when Shipman’s van skidded on the roadway and struck a car driven by 57-year-old Susan Davidson of Sparta, who sustained minor injuries in the accident that were treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

A couple from Galena were involved in a collision between pick-up trucks in Barry County south of Aurora around 4:20 Saturday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 39 and Farm Road when a truck driven by 28-year-old Richard Clemmons of Joplin failed to yield to a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Steven Morey. Neither driver was hurt by 55-year-old Jill Morey did sustain minor injuries that were treated at Cox Hospital in Monett.

An Ava man sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident on Highway 160 east of Reeds Spring in Stone County. The accident occurred just after 1:00 Sunday when 51-year-old Chad Emerson’s motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign and a fence. Emerson was taken to an area hospital by private vehicle for treatment of his injuries.

The final accident occurred just after midnight Monday morning involving drivers from Missouri and Arkansas. According to the MHSP Report, the accident occurred east of Carr Lane on Highway 86 when 30-year-old Mandy Zimmerman of Berryville fell asleep while driving with her vehicle crossing the center line and striking a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Mary Pethybridge of Noel. Zimmerman was not injuried but Pethybridge did sustain minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Berryville for treatment.