Monett man injured in train-truck crash

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Democrat photo/Roberts Truck vs. train A Monettan was injured in a truck-train collision on Friday, Nov. 1, at the crossing near Chapell Drive and Highway 60 in Monett. Justin Hicks, 22, of Monett, navigated the barrier arms and crossed in front of an eastbound train, which struck the Dodge pickup he was driving. A westbound train had just cleared the crossing when the incident occurred. Hicks was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The crash was investigated by the Monett Police Department and officials from Burlington-Northern Railroad. First responders from the Monett Fire Department were on hand to clear crash debris.

By Melonie Roberts

A Monett man was injured in a train-truck crash at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at a train crossing near Chapell Drive at Highway 60.

Justin Hicks, 22, of Monett, navigated the barrier arms and crossed in front of an eastbound train which struck the Dodge pickup he was driving. A westbound train had just cleared the crossing when the incident occurred.

Hicks was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The extent of his injuries is not known.

Other crashes

* An Aurora man was injured in a single-vehicle crash at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, on Farm Road 1150 about five miles ease of Monett. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the driver of a 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva, Richard G. Rickman, 30, of Aurora, failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Rickman sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt. Rickman was arrested and taken to Monett Police Department where he was later released.

* A Verona woman was injured in a two-car crash at 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 on Highway Z near Pleasant Ridge. The crash occurred when the driver of a southbound 1996 Saturn, Carol M. Ethridge, 72, of Verona, failed to yield to a westbound 1999 Cadillac, driven by Amanda J. Gregg, 37, of Galena. Ethridge was taken to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with moderate injuries. It is not known if she was wearing a seat belt. Gregg was wearing a seat belt.

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