Three hurt in separate Saturday crashes

Darrell Todd Maurina

A Lebanon woman suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 south of Buckhorn and two teens were hurt in a separate ATV crash near Dixon Saturday evening, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. As of late Saturday evening, troopers hadn't yet issued reports on a Saturday morning I-44 crash near Waynesville or a separate ATV wreck in Camden County outside Richland.

Troopers reported that Mindy L. Mulligan, 42, of Lebanon, had been driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota northbound on Highway 17 about 3/4 mile south of the Waynesville city limits at Buckhorn when she was rear-ended at 4:20 p.m. by a northbound 2016 Ram 2500 driven by Chad M. Bone, 34, of Newburg.

Initial reports that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle were incorrect. Bone was not hurt but Mulligan was transported by ambulance to Phelps Health. Both had been wearing their seatbelts.

Mulligan's vehicle sustained extensive damage and was removed by Paul's Towing. Bone's vehicle had minor damage and was removed by Onsite Towing.

Later in the evening at 7:50 p.m., an unnamed 14-year-old boy from Dixon was riding a 2021 Polaris Ranger 450 northbound on Maries County Road 639 four miles west of Dixon when he began to skid, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and ejected the driver and two unnamed female passengers, a 15-year-old and 16-year-old girl, both from Dixon.

The boy was not hurt but the 15-year-old suffered moderate injuries and the 16-year-old suffered minor injuries. Both were transported to Phelps Health, the 15-year-old by Dixon Ambulance District personnel and the 16-year-old by private vehicle. The Polaris sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. The driver had been wearing safety equipment but the two injured girls were not.

In unrelated Friday arrests:
* Andrew F. Copple, 32, of St. Robert, was arrested by troopers in Phelps County at 6:31 p.m. on charges of felony driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was taken to the Phelps County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold.
* Cynthia R. Allen, 57, of St. Louis, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 10:50 p.m. on felony charges of possession of crack cocaine and heroin and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Pulaski County Jail and subsequently released.
* Andre T. Gardner, 56, of St. Louis, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County on three felony warrants from St. Louis Metro Police for obstructing police, damage property tampering, and property damage as well as local charges of speeding, driving while his license was revoked, and failure to use seatbelt. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was held without bond.