On Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., Lincoln County Fire Protection District No. 1 was dispatched to Hwy 61 at Hwy KK for a motor vehicle accident with multiple patients entrapped.
Firefighters responded and found several patients still inside an overturned medical transport bus and an additional two patients injured in a passenger car with heavy front end damage.
All of those in the medical transport were able to climb through the roof hatch of the bus with the assistance of firefighters, law enforcement and paramedics. The two patients in the passenger car were extricated by firefighters.
In all, five of seven patients with minor to moderate injuries were transported to area hospitals by paramedics from Lincoln County Ambulance District. The remaining two did not seek medical treatment.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the collision. According to their report issued later, the accident occurred when a 1993 Ford Taurus driven by Tammy Blair, 40, of Moscow Mills, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 61 when a 2005 Ford E-350 driven by Judith Hayslett, 67 of Troy, was attempting to cross Hwy. 61 from KK, and the vehicles collided.
Blair and her passenger, Therse Sinks, 33, both sustained serious injuries and were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Neither were using their seat belts at the time of the accident. Three people in the transport van sustained minor injuries. They were: Martin Boria, 42, Mark Coleman, 55 and Michael O’Brien, 25, all of Silex. They were taken by ambulance to Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy. All three were in seat belts at the time of the accident.