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Patrol lists several crashes

DAN SCHUNKS, dschunks@dailyjournalonline.com

A 16-year-old suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident Saturday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) crash reports. It was one of several accidents reported during the last week.

The patrol says a male juvenile was traveling east on Pratte Road west of Halter Road at 1:15 p.m. when the 1996 Honda Nighthawk 750 he was driving failed to negotiate a curve, travelled off the right side of the road, returned to the road, and overturned.

The driver, who was listed as wearing a helmet, was seriously injured and was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital by Arch Air Ambulance.

The motorcycle, which sustained moderate damage, was driven from the scene.

Two Sullivan men found themselves in an accident on Saturday night in Washington County, according to MSHP.

The patrol report states a 2000 Ford F-150 was being driven east on Highway EE at State Highway 185 by Robert R. Summers Jr., 61, of Sullivan, when the truck failed to stop at a posted sign, ran off the east side of the road and hit a tree.

A passenger, Steven M. Summers, 52, of Sullivan, was listed as having sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan by Washington County Ambulance.

The patrol reports neither man was wearing a seat belt. Damage to the pickup truck was reportedly extensive. It was removed from the scene by Elliott’s Towing.

Two St. Francois County residents were involved in a motorcycle accident last Thursday afternoon in Washington County.

The patrol reports that a 1980 Harley Davidson FLH, driven by Joseph R. Ryan III, 62, of Bonne Terre, was traveling north on Route E at Fountain Road at 4:35 p.m., when it traveled off the left edge of the road, overturned, and ejected both the driver and passenger, Kathey A. Reese, 60, of Bonne Terre.

The patrol reports that neither were wearing helmets. Reese, the passenger, reportedly sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital Jefferson by Washington County ambulance.

The motorcycle damage was listed as moderate and the bike was driven from the scene.

A two-vehicle accident last Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 8:08 a.m., resulted in two totaled pickups.

According to the patrol, a 2005 Dodge Dakota, driven by Stephen K. Slinkard, 67, of Farmington, failed to yield at US 67 and Hildebrecht Road and was hit on the left side by a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Craig N. Simpson, 56, of Fredericktown. The collision resulted in injuries to Slinkard, who was transported to Parkland Health Center in Farmington by St. Francois County ambulance.

Both vehicles were listed as totaled and were taken from the scene by Marler’s Towing.

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