The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 10, 2012

Several injured in traffic accidents on roads in area



A 28-year-old woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:15 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 59, about five miles south of Jay in Delaware County, Okla., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Gentry Pierce, of Grove, Okla., was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, the state patrol said.

Pierce was driving a northbound vehicle that ran off the roadway, rolled down an embankment and came to rest on its top, the patrol said.

• An Arkansas man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 1 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 69, a half-mile north of U.S. Highway 160, according to the Crawford County (Kan.) Sheriff’s Department.

Alan D. Zornes, 70, of Siloam Springs, was taken to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan., authorities said.

Zornes was driving a southbound pickup truck that had stopped on the shoulder of the highway before suddenly shooting across both southbound lanes, the median and the northbound lanes, and crashing into the fence of some buffalo pens, according to the department.

• A Webb City woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 3:21 p.m. Saturday on Range Line Road near 17th Street, according to a Joplin police report.

Heather G. Simon, 25, was taken to Freeman Hospital West, police said.

Simon was driving a northbound vehicle that ran into the rear of a northbound vehicle driven by Sarah A. Trout, 30, of Mindenmines, the report said.

• Three people were injured in an accident involving a police patrol car at 5:57 p.m. Friday at Range Line Road and East Seventh Street, according to a Joplin police report.

The driver of one of the three vehicles involved, Bruce H. Hursh, 53, of Springfield, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. Brooke E. Witt, 33, of Monett, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Nickolas S. Witt, 33, of Monett, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Joplin. The officer involved, Catherine A. Ramoly, 25, was treated for minor injuries at Freeman Hospital West.

A report states that the officer was eastbound on her way to an injury accident with her emergency lights and siren on, and entered the intersection against a red light through a path provided by other drivers pulling over to get out of her way. But the Witt vehicle, which was northbound and had a green light, collided with the patrol car and then slid into Hursh’s car, which was stopped in traffic facing west, the report said.

• A 79-year-old woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 10:37 a.m. Friday on West Second Street at Jackson Avenue, according to a Joplin police report.

Wanda Speck, of Joplin, was taken to Freeman Hospital West, the report said.

Speck was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by Emma R. Newton, 53, of Joplin, that collided with a northbound car driven by Christina M. Ensor-Kubiena, 62, of Joplin, the report said.

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