by: Scott McCaulley
Two people riding on a Motorcycle sustain serious injuries as a result of an accident on Highway F at Bull Creek which back up traffic and caused another accident nearby.
The initial crash occurred around 7:25 and occurred as the motorcycle driven by 49-year-old Brandon Ketterman of Merriam Woods ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail ejecting both he and a passenger, 46-year-old Chrystal Ketterman. Both Kettermans sustained serious injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. Neither person was wearing a safety helmet according to the MSHP Crash Report.
The crash caused traffic to be back up on F Highway and eventually resulted in another crash 20 minutes later involving three vehicles with all involved also from Merriam Woods. All three vehicles were slowing due to the traffic congestion caused by the motorcycle wreck with a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Charles Hatton hit the rear of a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jodi Osterday which then forced her vehicle into one driven by 29-year-old Michael Sarten. Hatton and a 7-year-old female in his car both sustained minor injuries with the female taken for treatment of her injuries to Cox Medical Center in Branson.
The Western Taney County Fire Protection District along with Taney County Ambulance and the Taney County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the site of the accidents.