by: Scott McCaulley
The Officers of Troop D of the Missouri Highway Patrol have been kept busy to start the week working a number of accidents, many caused by slick road conditions:
-Early Monday morning, a one vehicle crash in Greene County west of Springfield injuries a man from Reeds Spring. The accident report indicates the crash occurred around 7:30 am when a car driven by 20-year-old Tyler Cobb traveled off the roadway and struck a guard rail. Cobb sustained serious injuries that were treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.
-Further west on Highway 60 between Republic and Billings, three vehicles were involved in a crash just after 9:00 am when 40-year-old Antonio Temich of Galena lost control of his vehicle on the ice/slush covered roadway and collided with two vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles, 38-year-old Joshua Garoutte of Aurora sustained moderate injuries that were treated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Temich and the driver of the third vehicle, 45-year-old Rebecca Chastain of Billings, were not injured.
-A two vehicle accident late Monday afternoon on Highway 160 in Spokane in Christian County injured one person. State Troopers say 39-year-old Andrew Oldfield of Brookline Station lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line hitting another vehicle and forcing both off the road. Oldfield was not injured but the driver of the other vehicle, 53-year-old John Harris of Cape Fair, did sustain minor injuries that were treated at Cox South in Springfield.
-An accident late Tuesday morning sends a woman to Cox Medical Center in Branson with minor injuries. Troopers say 68-year-old Mary Olson of Branson failed to neogotiate a curve on Highway 76 east of Branson, left the roadway striking an embankment then going airborne, then struck another embankment going airborne again before coming to a rest in a driveway. Olson escaped with only minor injuries in the 11:40 am crash.