On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 3:45 p.m. on Hwy 168, five miles west of Philadelphia in Marion County, Missouri, Sterling E. Owens, age 61, was driving a 1999 Dodge 3500 towing a motor home, and swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, ran off the right side of the road and overturned. The vehicle was totaled. Owens was not wearing a safety device.
Passenger Ashley S. Bartz, age 29, was ejected suffering serious injuries. Bartz was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. She was not wearing a safety device.
Two other passengers, Jayce E. Black, age 4 and Kennedi R. Black, age 7, both with minor injuries and the driver with moderate injuries and all were transported by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. The minors were both in safety devices.
The Missouri Highway Patrol was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Philadelphia Rural Fire Department, Survival Flight, Salt River Ambulance and Marion County Ambulance.
In another accident where both vehicles were totaled on October 14, 2015, at 3:35 p.m. on Highway 24, ¼ miles west of Moberly, Missouri, in Randolph County, 49 year-old Melody Hampton of LaGrange, Missouri, was seriously injured when the 2006 Buick La Crosse she was driving crossed the center line and drove into the path of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 49 year-old, Suzanne C. Davis of Gladstone, Missouri. Hampton was airlifted to University Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri and Davis was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Both drivers were wearing safety devices.
The Missouri Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Huntsville Fire Department, Randolph County First Responders, Moberly Police Department, Air Evac and Randolph County Ambulance.