On January 20, 2012 at approximately 11:35 A.M., 48-year-old Russell Bercer from Bourbon, Missouri was operating a 2002 Nissan Xterra and heading northbound on Missouri Route 185 south of Meramec River in Franklin County. At said time and place, Walter Cates, age 64, from Washington, Missouri was traveling southbound in a 2006 Ford Taurus. Also at said time and place, John Woodcock, age 60, from Ballwin, Missouri was heading southbound in a 2008 Dodge Ram. Woodcock had one passenger – Paula Woodcock, age 64, from Ballwin, Missouri.
The crash occurred when Mercer crossed the center line and crashed into Cates in a head-on crash. Mercer’s vehicle continued on and crashed into Woodcock also in a head-on collision. All drivers and the occupant were wearing their seatbelts at the time of this crash.
The at-fault driver, Mercer, suffered serious injuries as a result and was taken from the scene of the crash to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri by Air Evac Helicopter. Cates suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by St. Clair Ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri. John Woodcock suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Missouri Baptist Hospital by North Crawford County Ambulance. Woodcock’s passenger, Paula Woodcock, suffered minor injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by North Crawford County Ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital.
Mercer’s Xterra received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Certified Towing and Auto Repair of Sullivan, Missouri. Cates’s Taurus received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Chuck’s B & B Towing of Sullivan, Missouri. Woodcock’s Dodge Ram received total damage and was towed by Chuck’s B & B Towing. All drivers had driver insurance at this time.
This investigation was led by Trooper T. S. Inman.
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