A Wheaton man and four Cassville residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway Z at Pleasant Ridge on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a 1993 Toyota, driven by Jonathan Gemmecke, 28, of Wheaton, crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Dodge 3500 truck, driven by Matthew Karr, 31, of Cassville. After the impact, Gemmecke's vehicle overturned in the ditch and he was ejected.
Gemmecke, who was seriously injured in the crash, was taken to St. John's Hospital in Joplin. Karr and three passengers, Angela Karr, 29, December Karr, 12, and Destiny Karr, 10, all of Cassville, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Cox Monett Hospital.
The Patrol report indicated that Gemmecke was not wearing a seat belt.
Other traffic crashes
* On Saturday, a Seligman woman was moderately injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway DD four miles west of Seligman. The crash occurred as a 1999 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by John Durossette, 35, of Washburn, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. According to the Patrol report, Durossette fled the scene of the crash. His passenger, Phebe Gann, 34, was taken by ambulance to St. John's Hospital-Cassville. The crash occurred at 7:45 p.m.
* On Sunday, a Galena woman sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 39 one mile south of Madry. The crash occurred as a 2005 Chevrolet van, driven by Janice Eimer, 58, skidded off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. Eimer was taken to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. The crash occurred at 11:15 a.m.