SIKESTON -- Vehicle accidents around the area over the weekend left two seriously injured, and others with minor and moderate injuries.
A Sikeston man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday afternoon in Wayne County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 12:44 p.m. on Route T, one mile south of Wappappello, when the motorcycle driven by Mark S. Dannenmueller, 55, of Sikeston, ran off the right side of the roadway, lost control and then overturned, ejecting the driver.
Dannenmueller was transported by air ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
In Mississippi County, one man was injured in a head-on collision Saturday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the incident occurred around 8 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 57, at the 14.6 mile marker. The left rear tires failed on a recreational vehicle driven by Paul E. Rose, 78, of McAllen, Texas, causing it to cross the median. A southbound tractor driven by Kevin L. Taylor, 38, of Memphis, Tenn., then struck a car being towed by the recreational vehicle. Both vehicles ran off the roadway and overturned, with the towed vehicle exploding on impact and catching fire.
Rose was transported by ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center in in Sikeston, where he was treated for moderate injuries. No injuries were reported for Taylor.
The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and Charleston Department of Public Safety assisted in investigating the incident.
On Sunday, a Jackson woman was seriously injured in an accident near Commerce, while her passenger sustained moderate injuries.
The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on County Road 321, three miles west of Commerce, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The westbound vehicle driven by Danielle L. Hennecke, 21, lost control on a curve, struck a bridge and then came to rest in a creek.
Hennecke was seriously injured and transported by air ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Her passenger, Jerry W. Simpkins, 20, of Scott City, sustained moderated injuries and was also taken to St. Francis Medical Center by ambulance.
A woman received minor injuries after her vehicle struck a tree Saturday afternoon.
Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday Norma L. Baker, 79, of Miner, was driving east on Highway 62. Approximately four miles east of Miner, her vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
She sustained minor injuries and was transported via ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.