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Two teens injured in crash

Two area people were injured in unrelated traffic accidents on Thursday, according to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The first wreck occurred in Washington County Thursday morning. According to a report, Keila English, 19, of Potosi was travelling north on Route E south of Crow Street at 8:40 a.m. when the accident occurred.

English’s vision was obstructed by a parked vehicle and she drove a 2002 Lincoln LS into the path of a southbound 2005 Chrysler Town and Country driven by James Courtney, 68, also of Potosi.

The right front of the Courtney’s vehicle struck the left front of English’s. English sustained minor injuries in the accident and her vehicle received minor damage. No injury information is listed for Courtney, whose vehicle received moderate damage.

English was transported to Washington County Memorial Hospital by Washington County Ambulance and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The second, unrelated accident occurred in St. Francois County, according to a crash report.

The report states that Virgil Welch, 73, of Farmington was travelling southbound on US 67 at Route H at 7:08 p.m. when the accident occurred. Welch reportedly failed to yield and crossed his 2015 Chevrolet Traverse into the path of a 2010 Toyota Corolla driven by Joan Chapman, 74, of Fredericktown.

Chapman received minor injuries in the accident and was transported to Parkland Health Center in Farmington by St. Francois County Ambulance. No injury information is listed for Welch, whose vehicle received extensive damage.

Chapman’s vehicle damage is listed as total. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at


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