The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 13, 2014

Dirt bike overturns in Vernon County; driver injured

An 18-year-old motorcyclist was injured about 6 p.m. Saturday in an accident on Park Avenue in Schell City in Vernon County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Clifford L. Sumner, of El Dorado Springs, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

According to the patrol, he lost control of his westbound dirt bike on the gravel road and it overturned.

• Four children from Seymour all sustained what were described as minor injuries in a school bus accident about 9:40 a.m. Saturday on Route M, about three miles southwest of Jasper in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The injured, all passengers in a bus driven by Toni L. Peterka, 52, of Seymour, were identified as Natalie Barnes, 10, and Angelina Sabillon, 8, both of whom were taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin; and Kaleb Crocker, 12, who was taken to Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage; and Karen Miller, age unavailable, who was taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.

According to the patrol, the driver overcorrected after the westbound bus ran off the right side of the road. The bus went off the left side of the road and struck a culvert.

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