Seven injured in weekend crashes

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported seven people injured in three different vehicle crashes Saturday and Sunday in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties.

Diane Prater of Jackson was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center with moderate injuries Saturday night after her 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe struck the rear of a 1982 Ford F150 truck that was being towed by a 1985 Peterbilt truck.

Prater's vehicle then struck the front of the tow truck, ran off the median and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.

On Sunday, Rhonda Toombs, 35, and Mariah Toombs, 7, both of Marble Hill, Mo., were injured in a one-vehicle accident 10 miles west of Jackson on Highway 72.

Rhonda Toombs' 1990 Pontiac ran off the road and struck several trees and a fence. Charges are pending. Both were taken by ambulance to Southeast Missouri Hospital with minor injuries.

Also on Sunday evening, four people were injured in a one-vehicle accident two miles north Oriole in Cape Girardeau County.

The accident occurred as a 1999 Ford driven by Misty Stewart, 24, of Cape Girardeau, ran off the road and struck a bridge rail.

Stewart was taken by private vehicle to Twin Rivers Hospital in Kennett, Mo., with minor injuries. Passengers Charles Gregory, 27, of Cape Girardeau and Dalen Stewart, 7, of Cape Girardeau, were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Gregory suffered serious injuries and Dalen Stewart had moderate injuries. Another passenger, Richard Gregory, 11, of Benton, Mo., was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Medical Center with serious injuries.

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