by: Scott McCaulley
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is kept busy Monday morning working a pair of accidents on Highway 76 east of Hollister as well as a crash near Saddlebrook.
The first crash on Highway 76 occurs around 10:00 when a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Kayelyn Rankin of Kirbyville crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Buddy Garrison of Branson. Garrison was not injured while Rankin escaped with just minor injuries that were treated at Cox Medical Center in Branson.
The second 76 crash occurs around 11:30 when 26-year-old Johnathan Albino Melendez of Branson West crossed the center line in his vehicle and collided with a vehicle driven by 67-year-old Richard Edgar of Branson. Edgar was not injured but Melendez did sustain moderate injuries that were also treated at Cox Medical Center in Branson.
Meanwhile troopers also work an accident on Highway 65 just after 9:00 am when a pick-up overturns on a curve near Saddlebrook just north of the Taney-Christian County Line. The vehicle, driven by 71-year-old Tommy Roberts of Ava, hit a rock wall after failing to negotiate the curve causing the vehicle to overturn. Roberts was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of his moderate injuries.