by: Scott McCaulley

The day before Thanksgiving saw Troop D of the Missouri Highway Patrol keeping busy working several accidents in the Lakes Region.

The first accident occurred at 1:00 Wednesday afternoon north of Saddlebrooke as two pick-up trucks collided at the intersection of Highway 65 and BB. The crash report indicates a pick-up driven by  69-year-old Harry Gaines of Saddlebrooke was crossing Highway 65 from BB when it was hit by a pick-up driven by 56-year-old Ron Stiltner of Ozark. Gaines sustained serious injuries while Stiltner was reported to have suffered moderate injuries. Both men were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

Troopers also worked an accident on private property near Purdy in Barry County just after 3:00 when 57-year-old Keith Ridenour was driving a four-wheeler that overturned and landed on top of him. Ridenour sustained moderate injuries that were treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

Three more accidents were worked in the evening hours, the first on Highway 413 west of Billings in Christian County just before 8:00 when vehicle driven by 21-year-old Shariya Sillk of Marionville lost control of her vehicle while attempting to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed and overturned. Sillk escaped with only minor injuries in the accident that were treated at Cox South Hospital.

A head-on crash on Highway 76 in Kirbyville is still under investigation. The accident report indicates the crash occurred around 10:45 when vehicles driven by 24-year-old Isaiah Stone of Forsyth and 21-year-old Samuel Dietz of Springfield collided. Both drivers sustained serious injuries while passengers in each vehicle, 23-year-old Cheryl Head of Kirbyville and 21-year-old Bailey Glass of Springfield sustained moderate and minor injuries respectively that were all treated at Cox South.

The final accident occurred on a Farm Road south of Monett around 11:25 when a pick-up driven by 42-year-old Benjamin Oakley of Monett traveled off the roadway striking a fence before landing in a creek. Oakley sustained moderate injuries that were treated at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.