The first of two crashes Friday in Osage County left a Bland woman with minor injuries.
Jerry Forsee, 47, of Centralia, was driving a 2015 Freightliner box truck westbound on U.S. 50. At 1:15 p.m., about 2 miles west of Route N, Forsee slowed down for traffic ahead, when the truck was struck in the rear by a 2008 Dodge 3500 pickup driven by Shannon Shanks, 43, of Bland.
Shanks' passenger, Terri Daniels, 36, was injured, and was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.
All three people involved were wearing seat belts; Forsee and Shanks were not listed as having suffered any injuries.
The pickup sustained moderate damage, while the box truck sustained minor damage.
The second crash in Osage County on Friday left a Jefferson City man with serious injuries.
About half an hour after the first crash, an eastbound 2008 Mercury Mariner driven by Rebecca Schlemper, 20, of Linn, tried to make a left turn at Route N on U.S. 50 and crossed into the path of a westbound 2001 Dodge 1500 pickup driven by Michael Phillips, 61, of Jefferson City.
The Mariner struck the pickup nearly head on, and then an eastbound 2007 Ford Explorer driven by Michael Harris, 19, of Cuba, hit the rear of the Mariner. The Mariner and Dodge pickup were totaled.
Schlemper was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City.
Phillips was not wearing a seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
Harris was wearing a seat belt and was not listed as injured. The Explorer sustained minor damage.
Phillips did not have insurance.
An overnight crash Saturday in Miller County sent a Russellville man to the hospital with moderate injuries and criminal charges.
Colin Poe, 24, was westbound on U.S. 54, east of Route MM, in a 1999 Nissan Altima. At 12:12 a.m., the car went off the right side of the roadway and struck a rock bluff.
Poe was not wearing a seat belt, and was taken by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital. The Altima was totaled.
According to Highway Patrol reports, Poe was arrested at 1:01 a.m. on multiple charges: DWI, aggravated offender; driving while revoked, second or subsequent offense; no seat belt; and a misdemeanor warrant from Cole County for probation violation.
Poe was released for medical treatment.