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MSHP responds to three wrecks in three counties Thursday, Friday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents that occurred Thursday and Friday — the first in St. Francois County, the second in Ripley County, and the third in Washington County.

The first call involved a two-vehicle crash that took place at 10:52 a.m. Thursday on Rouggly Road in northern St. Francois County.

According to the patrol, the accident occurred when a westbound 2003 Honda GFL 1800, driven by Paul E. Wigger, 71, of Desloge, was traveling westbound on Rouggly Road near East Lakeview Drive when it was struck from behind by a 2022 Honda PCX driven by Earl L. Dorsey, 75, of Valles Mines. Upon striking the 2003 Honda, the PCX overturned and ejected the driver, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Dorsey was transported to Mercy Hospital-St. Louis by Air Evac air ambulance, where he was treated for serious injuries.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene. The GSL 1800 reportedly sustained minor damage, while the 2022 PCX received moderate damage.

The second call involved a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:08 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 160, a fifth of a mile east of Fairdealing in Ripley County.

According to the patrol, the accident took place when a westbound 2020 Ford Explorer, driven by Christina M. Goheen, 45, of Farmington, failed to yield to an eastbound 2014 Kia Soul, driven by a 17-year-old male from

Fairdealing, causing the Kia to overturn. Ripley County EMS transported the juvenile and Goheen to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Damage to the Ford Explorer was listed as extensive, and the Kia Soul was totaled.

The third accident involved a one-vehicle accident that occurred in the early hours of Friday at the intersection of Highways 21 and 32 in Washington County, resulting in the driver receiving serious injuries.

According to the patrol, the accident took place when a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Landon S Estes, 20, of Belgrade, was traveling northbound on Highway 21 when it crossed the centerline. Estes overcorrected, resulting in the pickup truck traveling off the right side of the roadway, overturning and striking a tree. Estes, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was transported to Mercy Hospital South by Washington County EMS.

The Trailblazer, listed as totaled, was towed from the scene by Elliot’s Towing.

The Kia Soul was listed as totaled and was towed from the scene by Junior’s Towing. The Explorer sustained extensive damage and was towed by Randy’s Towing.

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