Accidents injure three

A Barnett man sustained minor injuries Friday evening when he swerved off the road to avoid an animal and hit a tree on Route W, one mile south of Indian Creek Road in Morgan County.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol reports, David Owen, 42, was traveling northbound around 6:45 p.m. on Route W and crossed the center line, hitting a tree on the left side of the road.

He was assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and the Rocky Mount Fire Department.

His 2004 Ford F250 sustained extensive damage, and while Owen sustained minor injuries, he refused treatment at the scene.

He was wearing a seat belt.

A Russellville teen is in fair condition at University Hospital with injuries sustained in an early morning accident Saturday in Cole County.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol Reports, Calvin Shelden, 18, was traveling northbound on Route B, a half mile north of Valley Road around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He had two passengers in his 2005 Ford Focus: Austin Smith, 18, of Russellville, and Jayce Tschirgi, 17, of Lohman.

Shelden was traveling too fast on a curve, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and strike a tree.

Smith and Shelden were wearing seat belts, but Tschirgi was not.

Smith was transported by Cole County Ambulance to Capital Region Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Tschirgi was life-flighted to University Hospital, where he is in fair condition. Shelden was not injured.

His car was totaled.

The crash was assisted by the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.

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