Man seriously hurt in crash on Hwy. M

Thursday, February 26, 2009

An Aurora man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway M nine miles east of Cassville on Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 2005 Chevrolet, driven by Ty Meltabarger, 27, of Cassville, ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.

Meltabarger's passenger, Doyle Rockett, 41, was airlifted to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Meltabarger and another passenger, Derek Meltabarger, 25, of Cassville, sustained moderate injuries in the crash and were transported to St. John's Hospital-Cassville.

The Patrol report indicated that none of the occupants were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred at 11 p.m.

Other traffic crashes

* On Monday, a Cassville woman sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 39 two miles south of Madry. The crash occurred when Bryan Collins, 39, of Cassville, who was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, lost control after dropping a cigarette in his lap. The vehicle travelled off the road and struck a rock. Collins' passenger, Montana Hinds, 23, was transported to St. John's Hospital-Aurora. Collins was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 8:40 a.m.

*A Purdy woman sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash on County Road 2100 two miles north of Wheaton last Thursday. The crash occurred when a 1991 Chevrolet S-10, driven by Bobby Tate, 17, of Exeter, crossed the center of the roadway and struck a 1990 Ford Taurus, driven by Levi Hains, 24, of Purdy, in the side. Tate's vehicle then left the roadway and struck a ditch. Hains' passenger, Courtney Hains, 24, was taken by ambulance to Cox Monett Hospital. Neither Tate or Levi Hains were injured in the crash, which occurred at 3:05 p.m.

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