Incorrect Passing Causes a Head-on Collision Crash

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In Franklin County, an approaching vehicle in the wrong lane causes a head-on collision between two other vehicles and both were moderately injured.

On January 4, 2012 at approximately 5:39 a.m., Joel Russell, age 36 and from Beaufort, Missouri was operating a 2004 Ford F150 and traveling eastbound on highway 50. Chelsie Hubenthal, age 21 and of Leslie, Missouri was operating a 2006 Pontiac G6 and traveling westbound on highway 50.

At that said time and place, Chelsie was traveling westbound on highway 50, only .2 miles west of route AJ, when suddenly a vehicle trying to attempt to pass other was approaching head-on in her lane. Chelsie trying to avoid a collision swerved and crossed the center line that which Joel was traveling in and collided with Joel head-on.

Both Joel and Chelsie were wearing a safety device for their duration in this crash as well as receiving moderate injuries. Joel and Chelsie were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri by the Union ambulance for medical attention.

Joel’s 2004 Ford F150 received total damages and was towed by Union Towing, as well for Chelsie’s 2006 Pontiac G6 it also received total damages and was towed by Sturms Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and also with the assistance of trooper D. Close of troop C.


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