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Separate crashes injure three

Separate crashes injure three in Wash Co. and Ste. Gen.

A man, woman, and child receive injuries in two separate vehicle accidents on Monday.

Injuries were reported following two separate area accidents in Ste. Genevieve and Washington counties on Monday.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) crash report, Jacob Buntjen, 33, of Alton, Illinois, was driving a 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck southbound on I-55 in Ste. Genevieve County Monday night when, at 9 p.m., the truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking 20 cable posts near mile-marker 144.

Buntjen, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance to Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, according to the MSHP.

The crash report listed the damage to the truck as “total.”

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Earlier Monday, a woman and female child sustained injuries during a three-vehicle accident in Washington County.

The MSHP crash report states that a 2013 Ford Focus, driven by 52-year-old Janet Sansoucie, of Mineral Point, and a 2013 Toyota Rav4, driven by 41-year-old Elizebeth Varela of French Village, were stopped in traffic southbound on Highway 21 near Route C.

According to the report, at 7:43 p.m., a 2005 Dodge Dakota driven by 19-year-old Elijah Cosby of Mineral Point struck the rear of the Toyota Rav4, pushing the vehicle into the back of the Ford Focus.

In the Toyota Rav4, Varela received minor injuries in the crash, as did her 9-year-old female passenger, the report states.

Washington County Ambulance District reportedly transported the child to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Varela was taken by private conveyance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The MSHP says everyone involved in the accident was wearing seat belts. Damage to the Toyota Rav4 and the Dodge Dakota was listed as “extensive,” while the damage to the Ford Focus was listed as “minor.”

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at


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