Six Injured in Head-on Collision


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In Lewis County, six people are injured as a result of a head-on collision which caused one vehicle to overturn several times.

On April 26, 2014 at approximately 10:45 p.m., Brooklyn Myers, age 19 of Knox City, Missouri was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt along with passenger Amiya Smith, newborn. Dale Hartsock, age 37 of Labelle, Missouri was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Pickup along with passengers; Cory Leach, age 36 of Quincy, Illinois, Joseph Chatfield, age 27 of Labelle, Missouri, Matthew Norcross, age 23 of Labelle, Missouri, and Kendall Zajac, age 23 of Ursa, Illinois.

At that said date and time, Brooklyn Myers was traveling in the northbound direction while Dale Hartsock was traveling in the southbound direction on Missouri Route D and one mile south of Labelle, Missouri. The crash occurred as Brooklyn crossed the center line and collided with Dale’s vehicle head-on. After impact, Dale’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned several times. Kendall Zajac, Matthew Norcross, and Joseph Chatfield were ejected from the vehicle.

Dale Hartsock, Joseph Chatfield, and Matthew Norcross sustained serious injuries from the crash whereas Kendall Zajac and Cory Leach received moderate injuries. Dale Hartsock and his four passengers were transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. Brooklyn Myers received moderate injuries and was transported to Blessing Hospital.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Amiya Smith was uninjured and was the only participant involved that was wearing a seat belt during the collision.

Brooklyn’s 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt received total damages and was later removed from the scene of the crash by a friend. Dale Hartsock’s 2007 Chevrolet Pickup received total damages and was towed by Robert’s Garage in Durham, Missouri.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop B.