On December 5, 2011 at approximately 9:30 A.M., David Melcher from Anderson, South Carolina was operating a 1995 Jeep and heading southbound on MO 5 four miles south of Hartville. At said time and place, 88-year-old Ben Arnall was traveling northbound in a 2007 Buick. Arnall had two passengers – Ike Moore, age 58, from Hartville, Missouri and Patsy Moore, age 52, from Hartville, Missouri.
The crash occurred when Melcher crossed over the center line driving towards oncoming traffic and crashed into Arnall in a head-on collision. Melcher was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Passenger Patsy Moore was not wearing her seatbelt either. Driver Ben Arnall and passenger Ike Moore were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Melcher suffered serious injuries and was transported to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri from the scene of the crash by Hammons Life Line. Ben Arnall suffered serious injuries and was also transported to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri from the scene of the crash by Hammons Life Line. Ike and Patsy Moore suffered moderate injuries and were transported from the scene of the crash to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri by St. John’s Emergency Medical Services.
Melcher’s vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Elliott’s Towing and Auto Salvage of Macomb, Missouri. Arnall’s vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Mansfield Service and Towing Inc of Mansfield, Missouri.
This crash was investigated by Sargeant S. L. Grass of Troop G in Wright County.
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