Overturned Vehicle Results in Serious Injuries for Driver

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In Dekalb County, a St. Joseph resident is seriously injured and the other driver results with minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash.

On January 17, 2012 at approximately 5:47 p.m., Michael Jones, age 45 and of St. Joseph, Missouri was operating a 1993 Mazda. The second participant involved in this crash is Charles Ramsbottom, age 40 and of Maysville, Missouri as he was operating a 2005 Pontiac. The third vehicle involved in the crash was Brittany Flowers, age 21 and of Kearney, Missouri as she was operating a 2008 Suzuki. All participants involved in this crash were traveling in the northbound direction of Highway 33.

At that said time and place, Jones, Ramsbottom, and Flowers were traveling in the northbound direction on Highway 33, three miles south of Maysville. Flowers then slowed down her vehicle in attempt to make a right hand turn into a private drive as Ramsbottom was driving closely behind her. Ramsbottom slowed down his vehicle and began to pass Flowers. With the attempt to avoid collision with Ramsbottom, Jones swerved off the east side of the highway and then hit the right rear of Ramsbottom’s vehicle. The crash caused Jones to hit a mailbox and strike into the right rear of Flower’s vehicle, which caused her vehicle to spin clockwise. Her vehicle came to a final resting point on the east side of the roadway facing south. As a result from the collision with Brittany Flowers, Jones’ vehicle overturned off the east side of the roadway and came to a rest on its top facing south while Ramsbottom was able to come to a complete and controlled stop.

Jones received serious injuries due to this crash and was transported by Dekalb/Clinton ambulance to the Heartland Regional Medical center for treatment. Brittany Flowers sustained minor injuries and was transported to Cameron Hospital by a private vehicle.

As a result of the crash, Jones’ 1993 Mazda received total damages and was towed by Talon Towing. Brittany Flower’s 2008 Suzuki also received total damages and was towed by Scotty’s Towing and Charles Ramsbottom’s 2005 Pontiac received minor damages and was able to drive his vehicle from the scene of the crash.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of trooper J.C. Gilliland and A.J. Webb of troop H, Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, Osborn Fire Department, and Maysville Paramedics.


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