Update on Crash Involving Taney County Deputy, Other Thursday Crashes

by: Scott McCaulley

The Missouri State Highway Patrol works a trio of accidents on Thursday in the Lakes Region, including one involving a Taney County Deputy.

That accident occurred just before 11:00 am on Highway 76 just outside of Forsyth when a car pulling out of the shopping center that houses Christian Action Ministries hit a Taney County Sheriff’s Department Vehicle then fled the scene before eventually taken into custody. According to the MSHP online report, the Deputy, 31-year-old Austin Combs, sustained moderate injuries and was treated at Cox Medical Center in Branson while the driver of the other vehicle, 22-year-old Dakota Gile of Forsyth, was not injured in the crash.

MSHP had a pair of other crashes it worked in the Lakes Region Thursday both involving motorcycles.

The first happened around 11:00 am in Stone County on Highway AB near Lampe when a motorcycle driven by 73-year-old Gary McCurter of Kimberling City overturned while trying to negotiate a curve. A passenger on the motorcycle, 66-year-old Deborah McCurter sustained moderate injuries that were treated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

The second accident takes place around  4:00 pm when a pick-up truck collides with two motorcycles in eastern Taney County. The online accident report indicates the crash occurred when the pick-up, driven by 46-year-old Michael Driver of Smithville, Mo., crossed the center line on Highway 160 near Rueter and hits one motorcycle head-on and then sideswipes a second motorcycle. Driver and the second motorcyclist, 59-year-old Willard Smith of Edwardsville, Ill., were not injured in the crash but the driver of the first motorcycle, 65-year-old Richard Holliday also of Edwardsville, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

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