2 injured in Hwy. 248 collisions

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Man arrested after hitting disabled car, fleeing scene

Two people were injured Tuesday in a pair of collisions involving three vehicles at 8:20 p.m. on Highway 248, four miles east of Cassville.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Charli Jo Epperly, 39, of Cassville, was driving a 2013 Volkswagen Passat westbound when her vehicle turned in front of a 1999 GMC Sierra, being driven by Michael Bauer, 44, of Cassville, striking it head on.

After that wreck, a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Matthew Ward, 24, of Cassville, struck Epperly's vehicle while it was disabled in the roadway. Ward allegedly fled the scene, and according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, troopers later tracked Ward down and arrested him.

A Highway Patrol report says Ward was arrested at 10:50 p.m. for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident and no insurance. Ward was released from the Barry County jail at 12:17 p.m. Wednesday following a 12-hour hold.

Epperly and Bauer each suffered serious injuries. Bauer was transported to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark., and Epperly was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

Both were wearing safety devices. The Passat and Sierra were totaled, and the Silverado suffered extensive damage.

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