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Several injured in crashes

Several people were injured and one died in accidents throughout the area over the weekend.

One woman died and three children were injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Iron County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at 4:32 p.m., Heather Sapaugh, 32, of Salem, was driving her 2000 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 32 seven miles west of Banner when she lost control on the ice-covered roadway. The Explorer went off the road, overturned and Sapaugh was ejected.

Sapaugh was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by Iron County Medical Examiner Thomas Stauder at 6:56 p.m. Her passengers, Lucy Sapaugh, 2, Jessica Stringer, 13, and Timothy Tennyson, 10, all of Salem, were all wearing their seat belts and were taken by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob with minor injuries.

Early Saturday morning a Sullivan man was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 2:05 a.m. on Highway 185 in Washington County.

According to the report, Tyler Fisher, 21, was driving his 2002 Ford Explorer southbound on Highway 185 south of Route A when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, returned to the road, began skidding and then overturned.

Fisher was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis by Washington County Ambulance with moderate injuries.

Fisher is being charged for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

In an unrelated accident in St. Francois County, one man was injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. on Route K.

According to the report, Roy Spangenberg, 68, of Imperial, was driving his 2002 Jeep Liberty too fast for the road conditions westbound on Route K at Saffell Road when the vehicle slid across the center of the roadway and went off the left side of the road.

Spangenberg’s Jeep struck a rock bluff, which caused him to spin and return to the roadway. He then went back across the road and hit another rock bluff.

Spangenberg and his passenger, Edith Spangenberg, 55, also of Imperial, were both wearing their seat belts and were both taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center by Washington County Ambulance with moderate injuries.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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