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Four youths, woman hurt in Sunday afternoon crash


An Ava teen was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 4:08 p.m. Sunday on Highway 14, a mile west of Ava in Douglas County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Cpl. D.J. Johnson, Troop G of the patrol, Willow Springs, reported an eastbound 2019 Ford Explorer driven by Danielle C. Oswald, 38, Springfield, crossed the center line and a 16-year-old boy driving a westbound 2004 Dodge 1500 ran off the road while trying to avoid a crash. The teen then overcorrected and the Dodge crossed the center line and struck the Ford head-on, Johnson reported.

The teen suffered minor injuries and a female passenger, also age 16, of Ozark, suffered moderate injuries the report shows. The teen boy was taken by private vehicle to Cox South Medical Center South for treatment and his passenger was taken by Mercy Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, according to the report.

Oswald and a 9-year-old boy, also of Springfield, each suffered serious injuries, and were both flown to Cox South for treatment, the child by Cox Air Care and Oswald by Air Evac, Johnson reported.

A 5-year-old girl from Springfield who was also a passenger in Oswald's vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken by Cox Ambulance to Cox South, according to Johnson. The report shows she was secured in a child safety seat.

The others injured in the crash were all reportedly wearing seat belts. The highway patrol does not publicly report the names of minors.

Johnson was assisted at the scene by the Ava Rural Fire Department, the Ava Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, and patrol Sgt. L.S. Elliott and Cpl. K.L. Hogan.

Norwood woman hurt Friday morning

A Norwood resident suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident at 10 a.m. Friday on an exit ramp on west U.S. 60, 2 miles west of Mtn. Grove in Wright County.

Tpr. T.L. Sullivan reported an eastbound 2014 Chevrolet Captiva driven by Sherry L. Fisk, 63, missed the exit, ran off the right side of the road and struck a road sign before it came to rest off the right side of the road.

Fisk was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was taken by Texas County Memorial Hospital Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment, according to the patrol.

Crash near Roby injures two

Two Texas County residents were hurt in a Sunday morning crash when their SUV collided with a stand of trees off Highway 17, 3 miles south of Roby.

Tpr. C.K. Johnson reported a southbound 2022 Ford Explorer driven by TJ Williams, 59, Houston, ran off the left side of the road into the trees at 11:50 a.m., causing moderate injuries for him and minor injuries for passenger Lori E. Cope, 44, Summersville. Both were wearing seat belts, the trooper reported; Williams was flown to Cox South and Cope was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

21-year-old from Summersville hurt near Vichy

Serious injuries were reported for a 21-year-old from Summersville who was a passenger in a crash at 4:08 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 63 in Maries County, 4 miles north of Vichy.

Tpr. K.P. Hunt with Troop I of the patrol, Rolla, reported Timothy J. Blanks, 21, Summersville was not wearing a seat belt as a passenger in a northbound 2024 Chevrolet Malibu that failed to yield at an intersection and struck a southbound 2003 Freightliner driven by Billy J. Garrett, 48, Doniphan.

No injuries were reported for the driver of the Chevrolet, Samuel N. Berry, 25, Summersville, who was wearing a seat belt. Blanks, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by Maries-Osage Ambulance to Phelps Health in Rolla for treatment, and Garrett, who wore a seat belt, was taken by Phelps Health Ambulance to the same facility with minor injuries, the report shows.

Tpr. Hunt was assisted at the scene by Sgts. R.L. Vannada and T.E. Young.