A Park Hills man was seriously injured in an accident on U.S. 67 Thursday, according to St. Francois County Ambulance District Administrator David Tetrault and a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The report states that Howard Pankey, 57, of Park Hills, was travelling south on U.S. 67 in a 2007 Mazda 6 at 12:05 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Pankey traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the side of the bridge spanning Flat River and landed into the creek below.

Tetrault said Pankey was conscious when crews responded, but was suffering from shortness of breath and confusion. He added that eyewitnesses said Pankey appeared to not apply his brakes as he traveled off the roadway. Coupled with the patient’s exhibited symptoms, Tetrault said the lack of braking could be explained by a stroke or heart attack but he didn't know for certain. 

The report lists Pankey’s injuries as serious and the damage to his vehicle as totaled. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis by Survival Flight.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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