A Belleview man was injured in a crash that occurred at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday on Route C, four-tenths of a mile east of Route P in Washington County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident took place when a westbound 2001 Ford Escort driven by Byron E. Masson, 47, of Belleview, was approached by an eastbound 2005 Ford Mustang GT driven by Heath W. Rhyneer, 16, of Belgrade.

When Masson attempted to make a left turn onto a private driveway, he traveled into the eastbound lane at which time Rhyneer's Mustang struck the right front end of the Escort. Following the impact, both vehicles traveled off the south edge of the road where the front end of Masson's Escort struck a tree and the front end of the Mustang struck the rear of Masson's car.

While Rhyneer — who was reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident — was uninjured in the accident, Masson was transported by Washington County Ambulance to St. Anthony's Medical Center where he was treated for moderate injuries.

The patrol's report states that it was unknown if Masson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or



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