2 injured when U-Haul goes over bluff

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Michigan pair hospitalized after wreck

Two men from Michigan were injured Tuesday in a wreck at 4:15 a.m. in an area the Missouri State Highway Patrol listed as a private pipeline clear cut, six miles south of Wheaton.

According to a Patrol report, Chad Lax, 36, of White Cloud, Mich., was driving a 2008 GMC U-Haul northbound when his vehicle drove off a bluff and overturned.

Lax suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin. A passenger in the vehicle, Henry Helms, 50, of Wyoming, Mich., suffered serious injuries and was transported to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark.

Lax was wearing a safety device, and Helms was not. The vehicle was totaled.

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