Two awarded for saving a life, accident claims two victims in head-on crash
Pictured above at right (l-r) are Chief Ryan Parker, Neal Bloom, and Charles Lancey. Lancey and Bloom received the Life Saving Accommodation Award for pulling a victim from a burning car on October 9.
Over the past couple of weeks several accidents have taken place in Lincoln County.
There was a two vehicle accident on October 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. on Hwy 47 at route EE. According to reports, Robert Hensiek, 67, of Wright City, was driving a 1993 Buick Regal and was traveling southbound on route EE when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Hensiek then skidded into the path of Donald Riley, 44, of Bowling Green who was driving a 1986 International B8900. Riley struck the front of Hensiek’s Buick in the front driver side. Riley then overturned several times and came to rest off the roadway. Hensiek then traveled through a field and struck a tree.
Hensiek was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by Air Evac Helicopter and was listed as being in serious condition. Riley was taken to St. Joseph Hospital West by Lincoln County Ambulance and was listed in moderate condition.
A Life Saving Accommodation Award was presented to Neal Bloom, of Troy and Charles Lancey, with the Winfield Police force for pulling Hensiek out of his burning car. Bloom stopped to help at the scene while he was traveling on his UPS route. “He didn’t have to stop, most people don’t in a case like this. I’m very proud of all who where involved and helped during this accident,” said Chief Ryan Parker. “He helped me pull him (Hensiek) out of the car by climbing in and unbuckling the seat belt,” said Lancey.
Highway 47 remained closed for approximately three hours while the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
With the quick actions from Winfield Police Department, Lincoln County Ambulance, Air Evac, Winfield Foley Fire Protection District, and Neal Bloom both patients received prompt treatment.
Neal Bloom has worked with UPS for the past 29 years. This was his first experience with an accident of this nature.
Both Lancey and Bloom were recognized at the Winfield City Hall meeting.
A Troy man and a man from Middletown were killed in a three-vehicle accident Oct. 5 on Hwy. 47 at the Clonts Field entrance.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at 9:51 a.m. It was raining at the time of the accident.
According to their report, a 1998 Ford Escort station wagon driven by Chris Hudson, 52, of Troy crossed the centerline and struck a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Larry Holt, 59, of Middletown head on. The front of a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Brian Scott, 35, of Troy, struck the rear of the PT Cruiser.
Hudson was pronounced at the Lincoln County Medical Center at 11:40 a.m. later that morning.
Holt and his passenger, Shirley Holt, 57, were both taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis. Mr. Holt’s injuries were listed as serious and Mrs. Holt’s injuries as moderate. Scott was not injured. All were using their seat belt except Hudson.
Mr. Holt passed away at 11:56 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the hospital.
Also on Oct. 5, three people were injured in a two-car crash on Route 47 at South Lindsey Road at 3:35 p.m.
According to the Patrol’s report, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Melssa Wilfong, 45, of Winfield, was stopped northbound on Rt. 47 waiting to make a left turn. A 2006 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Nicole Myers, 26, of Winfield, was also northbound on Rt. 47 and failed to stop, striking the Malibu.
Wilfong and Myers, along with a passenger in the Wilfong car, Audrey Wilfong, age 17, all sustained minor injuries. The Wilfongs were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital West and Myers was taken to Lincoln County Medical Center by private conveyance. All were using seat belts a the time of the accident.
On Oct. 6, 2012, Mary E. Martin, 20, of Troy, sustained moderate injuries in a one-car crash on Mennemeyer Road, just north of Pear Tree Road.
According to the report, a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Stephen Krechel, 43, of Overland, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.