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One individual was airlifted following an accident about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Karsch Boulevard in Farmington.

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Shawnna Robinson, Daily Journal

UPDATE ON CONDITION OF INJURED - A head-on crash on Karsch Boulevard sent two individuals to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 500 block of Karsch Boulevard near Rosedale Plaza and Memorial United Methodist Church about 3:30 p.m. for an accident involving five vehicles.

According to Lt. Larry Lacey with the Farmington Police Department, Sherman G. Riddle, 60, of Arcadia, was the driver of a 2002 Dodge Ram traveling in the far right westbound lane of Karsch Boulevard. Witnesses at the scene reported Riddle apparently slumped down behind the steering wheel, at which time the vehicle swerved to the left – traveling into the eastbound lanes striking a 2016 Dodge Ram driven by Thawee Meister, 41, of Farmington nearly head-on.

The report states a spare tire from one of the vehicles came loose after the impact and began rolling west in the eastbound lanes and struck the front of a 2017 Toyota Prius, driven by Janel Operle, 60, of Ste. Genevieve.

The tire then flew into the westbound lanes, striking a 2004 Ford Ranger driven by Darrell Morris, 57, of Ste. Genevieve.

Subsequently, a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Jordan Duncan, 18, of Farmington, struck the rear of the Prius as Soperle slowed down after the impact with the tire.

Riddle had to be extricated from his vehicle and was flown from the scene by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Riddle sustained serious injuries to the head, right leg and right arm. Meister sustained moderate injuries and was transported by St. Francois County Ambulance District to Parkland Hospital in Farmington.

No other injuries were reported.

The eastbound lanes of Karsch were closed until 4:20 p.m. while crews cleared the scene.

In a separate crash, a Bismarck man was seriously injured on Loughboro Road east of Rock Road at 3:40 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Robert Grounds, 59, was transported by Air Evac to Mercy-St. Louis. The report states he was driving a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a culvert. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. 

A Potosi resident was injured in a crash on Highway 21 near Brown Hollow Road on Monday afternoon.

According to MSHP, Gene A. Wiggins, was transported by Air Evac to Barnes Jewish Hospital. Wiggins was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a fence. 

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