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Published November 4, 2020

Woman injured after hitting tree

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Versailles woman has suffered serious injuries after a one vehicle accident last Friday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) on Friday October 30 at 11:15 a.m., a 1995 Dodge Intrepid, driven by Jennifer Lawson, 43, of Versailles, MO was southbound on Alum Springs Road north of Kickapoo Road in Morgan County when the vehicle failed to negotiate a right curve causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the road.

The MSHP reported that the driver then overcorrected causing the Dodge to travel off the right side of the road where it struck a tree.

Lawson was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. The MSHP said she was not wearing a safety device. The vehicle was totaled in the crash.

The next day, also in Morgan County, a two-vehicle accident sent a Wright City, MO man to the hospital.

At 11:37 a.m. on Route C at Route E, a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, driven by Glennon Welge, 89, of Wright City, MO, pulled into the path of a 2004 Ford Sport Trac, driven by Tina Volkart, 53, of California, MO, the MSHP stated.

Welge suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

The MSHP said Volkart was wearing a safety device but Welge was not. Both vehicles were totaled in the acdcident.

A collision involving two motorcycles has sent a Smithton, MO man to the hospital.

Last Saturday at 2:55 p.m., on Brendell Boulevard at Route Y in Morgan County, a 2006 Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle, driven by Dustin Rogers, 31, of Smithton, MO and a 1997 Harley Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle, driven by Franklin Rogers, 60, also of Smithton, MO were both eastbound when the 2006 Harley drove into the rear driver’s side of the 1997 Harley.

Both vehicles were laid on their sides, skidded and came to a stop. Franklin Rogers was ejected from the vehicle and suffered moderate injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. He was not wearing a safety device but Dustin was, according to the MSHP.

The 2006 Harley sustained minor damage and the 1996 took on moderate damage.

A single vehicle accident on Tuesday, October 27 sent an Iberia woman to the hospital with minor injuries.

At 7:30 a.m. on Route A near Humphrey Creek Road in Miller County, a 2001 Ford Taurus, driven by Startina McComb, 19, of Iberia, MO, was traveling west when “Driver 1 failed to maintain control of vehicle 1,” the MSHP said. “Vehicle 1 travelled off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck several trees.”

McComb suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance.  She was wearing a safety device. The car was totaled in the accident.

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