Three Car Crash Results in Serious Injuries for One Driver and Two Passengers

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Men from Lincoln, Missouri, Iowa and Cincinnati were involved in a three car crash that resulted in serious injuries for one driver and two passengers.

On August 15, 2011 at approximately 7:20 pm, 50 year old, Carl Wells from Cincinnati, Iowa was driving a 2002 Peterbilt heading south on US 65, one hundred feet north of Cedar Gate Drive. At the said time and place, David Vandervliet, 48 years old and from Colton, South Dakota, was also heading south on US 65 in a 2001 Peterbilt. A third driver, 43 year old, Dale Crabtree from Lincoln, Missouri was traveling northbound on US 65 in a 2004 Chevrolet. Vandervliet had two passengers: 52 year old Terri Crabtree from Lincoln, Missouri and 5 year old Maycie Streb from Warrensburg, Missouri.

The crash occurred as Vandervliet was slowing down to make a left turn. Wells overcame Vandervliet and crashed into the rear of his vehicle. Vandervliet crossed over the centerline and crashed into Crabtree. Wells’s vehicle continued to travel north on 65, crossed Cedar Gate Drive and came to rest on the side of US 65 facing southeast. Crabtree’s vehicle continued northbound and came to rest off the right side of the road hitting a culvert and road sign, overturning once, and landing on its wheels. Vandervliet came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder a short distance south of the crash scene.

Wells, the at-fault driver, did not suffer from any injuries. Vandervliet was also uninjured in the crash. Both Wells and Vandervliet were wearing seatbelts. Crabtree and his passenger, Terri Crabtree, suffered from serious injuries. Maycie Streb suffered from minor injuries and all three were wearing seatbelts. Dale Crabtree was transported to Staff for Life University Hospital. Terri Crabtree and Maycie Streb were transported to Bothwell Hospital from the scene of the crash.

Both the 2002 Peterbilt and the 2004 Chevrolet were totaled as a result of the crash. The Peterbilt was towed by Precision Tow. The Chevrolet was towed by Tolliver’s Tow. The 2001 Peterbilt belonging to Vandervliet was driven from the scene of the crash and had minor damages.

Investigation of this crash continues.


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