Troopers Work Several Accidents on the Final Day of 2019

by: Scott McCaulley

The final day of 2019 saw Troopers of the Missouri Highway Patrol working several accidents in the region.

Troop G Officers worked an accident in Douglas County on Highway B north of Ava that injured a teenager from Harrison that was a passenger in a pick-up truck that went off the right side of the roadway striking an embankment, a fence, then two more embankments before coming to a rest on the highway. The Harrison teenager, not identified in the crash report, as well as two other teenagers in the truck sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Officers in Troop D worked three accidents that involved Lakes Area residents in a two hour period.

The first took place around 4:50 in Stone County on Charity School Road five miles north of Crane when 46-year-old Charles Smith of Galena was stopped along the side of the road changing a flat tire when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. Smith was taken to Mercy Hospital in Aurora for treatment of his minor injuries.

A woman from Reeds Spring was injured in an accident on Highway 65 in Christian County just south of Ozark around 6:15 Tuesday evening. The crash report indicates a car driven by 55-year-old Gretchen Dexter struck a trailer that was disabled and blocking part of the highway. Dexter sustained moderate injuries that were treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

An SUV vs. pick-up truck accident injured one person in Taney County on Highway 465 around 6:35 Tuesday evening. Troopers say the accident happened when the SUV driven by 37-year-old Jennifer Townsend of Hollister failed to yield to the pick-up truck driven by 59-year-old Mary Lassiter of Reeds Spring and the two vehicles collided. While Lassiter was not injured. Townsend did sustain moderate injuries that were treated at Cox South Hospital.

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