Six area residents were injured in a two-vehicle traffic crash in Benton County on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 73-year-old Jerald Brandt, of Lincoln, failed to negotiate a curve in his eastbound vehicle, which crossed into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle, driven by 40-year-old Fred Lang of Cole Camp. Brandt, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected out of his vehicle as it returned to the eastbound lane. Then Brandt’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned down an embankment. Lang attempted to avoid another vehicular impact, and his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and upon an embankment.
Brandt and Lang, who was not wearing a seat belt, and a 6-year-old girl, of Cole Camp, in Lang’s vehicle each suffered serious injuries. Three other persons- including two children- in Lang’s vehicle sustained minor injuries. One adult refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene. All other injured persons were transported by Warsaw-Lincoln ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.
The crash happened at 3 p.m. on Route H, west of Route W.