When one driver crossed over the centerline, he crashed into oncoming traffic in a head-on collision and caused moderate injuries for himself and serious injuries for the victim and her passenger in Oregon County.
On January 17, 2012 at approximately 11:20 P.M., 26-year-old Andrew Curtis from Pocahontas, Arkansas was operating a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer and travelling westbound on MO 142 three miles north of Myrtle in Oregon County. At said time and place, Paul Schamel, age 25, from Alton, Missouri was heading eastbound in a 1996 Geo Prizm. Schamel had one passenger – Alethea Schamel, age 16, from Alton.
Curtis, the at-fault driver, suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Ozark’s Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri by Fulton County Arkansas EMS. Victim Paula Schamel suffered serious injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by Air Evac to Ozark’s Medical Center in West Plains. Paula Schamel’s passenger, Alethea Schamel, suffered serious injuries and was also transported from the scene of the crash by Air Evac to Ozark’s Medical Center.
Curtis’s Chevrolet Blazer received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Mammoth Spring Collision & Wicker Towing of Thayer, Missouri. Schamel’s Prizm received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Wicker Towing. Both drivers had Farm Bureau driver insurance at this time.
This investigation was led by Sergeant D.D. Finley and assisted by D.A. Huffman in Oregon County.
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