It has been a particularly brutal 48-hours for serious traffic injuries in this part of the state.
At 55-minutes after midnight this morning, a Tuscumbia man and a teenager sustained serious injuries when a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by 50-year-old Lester D. Boyer, ran off Midway Road in Miller County about half a mile from South Outer Road 54. The truck struck a rock and came to rest on its left side.
Boyer was taken by Miller County Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment. A 16-year-old male juvenile passenger was also taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of his serious injuries.
A truck-motorcycle crash on Route M in Miller County Monday morning at 10:50 inflicted serious injuries to 64-year-old Rodney L. Grammer of Eldon, the operator of a 2007 Harley Davidson. Grammer was life flighted by M-U Air Care to University Hospital in Columbia.
According to the Highway Patrol, Grammer’s Harley Davidson crossed the center of the highway and struck a 2007 Ford Explorer, driven by 59-year-old Jeffrey D. Lange of Eldon. Lange was not injured in the collision.
19-year-old Christopher E. Thiltgen of Dixon was seriously injured on Highway 133 in Pulaski County Sunday evening at 9:27 when his 2010 G-M-C Sierra travelled off the highway, struck a tree and a fence before coming to rest in a field.
Thiltgen was flown by Life Flight 2 to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of his injuries.
Sunday evening at 7:19 on Route U at Kinderhook County Road in Miller County, two people were seriously injured in a two vehicle collision.
According to the highway patrol, a 2020 Polaris U-T-V, operated by 23-year-old Carter D. Halley of Brumley, made a left turn in front of a 2010 Ford Fusion, driven by 26-year-old Taylor R. Gardner of Edgar Springs.
Gardner crossed the center of the roadway to avoid a collision, but her vehicle was struck by the U-T-V. The Ford Fusion crossed the center of the roadway and came to rest. The U-T-V became airborne and travelled off Route U, ejecting Halley.
Halley was taken by Mercy Air to University Hospital in Columbia to receive treatment. Gardner was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
A dune buggy accident Sunday afternoon claimed the life of a St. James woman. The Highway Patrol reports a 1981 special dune buggy, driven by 49-year-old Paul G. Rice of Catawissa, was driving west on County Road 1140, when Rice lost control, causing the buggy to travel off the roadway and overturn, ejecting a passenger, 42-year-old Chandra D. Moffet of St. James. Moffet was pronounced dead at 3:40 p-m. Rice received minor injuries and was transported to Phelps Health for treatment.