On September 8, 2011 at approximately 2:00 p.m., 57 year old Ronald Clayton of Dora, Missouri was operating a 1988 Dodge Dakota traveling westbound on Route CC at county road 4730, about four miles west of West Plains. At that said time and place, 19 year old Michelle Farmer of West Plains, Missouri was operating a 2012 Isuzu Rodeo traveling eastbound on Route CC. Farmer’s vehicle was occupied by herself and passenger, 20 year old Kelsey Riddle of Thayer, Missouri.
Farmer then attempted to make a left turn across the westbound lanes of Route CC onto county road 4730 and travelled into the path of the Clayton vehicle. Clayton then had no other options and struck the Farmer vehicle broadside.
Ronald Clayton was transported from the scene of the crash by South Howell to Ozark Medical Center with serious injuries. At-fault driver, Michelle Farmer, was also transported to Ozark Medical Center by South Howell after sustaining moderate injuries in the crash. Farmer’s passenger, Kelsey Riddle, was taken to an unknown hospital in Springfield after suffering serious injuries in the crash.
Both vehicles sustained total damage in this crash. Clayton’s vehicle was towed from the scene of the crash by Midway Towing. The at-fault vehicle was towed from the scene of the crash by Garrett’s Towing. None of the individuals involved were wearing their safety devices. Ronald Clayton possessed insurance coverage for his vehicle at the time of the crash; however it is unknown whether the at-fault driver, Farmer, possessed vehicular insurance coverage at that time.
This crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper L.W. Sanders of Troop G.
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