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A 16-year-old Ava driver suffered serious injuries in a wreck west of Ava last Saturday, and his teenage passenger received minor injuries.
The Highway Patrol said Nathaniel Harris was driving a 1997 Chevrolet west on Highway Y, two miles west of Ava, when the wreck occurred.
Sgt. Keith Jones, of the Highway Patrol, said the car ran off the right side of the roadway, the driver overcorrected and the car ran off the left side of the roadway. The driver again overcorrected and the car overturned in the roadway, coming to rest on its top.
Harris was airlifted to Cox South Hospital, Springfield.
Also suffering minor injuries in the 5:50 p.m. wreck was a passenger, Marcus Cox, of Ava. He was taken to Cox South by private vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol report.
Three people sustained minor injuries in a crash south of Ava on Highway 5 last Friday afternoon.
The 1:10 p.m. wreck occurred four miles south of Ava when one car attempted to pass another vehicle that was making a left turn.
Tpr. Ryan Vaughan, of the Highway Patrol, said Eileen M. Anderson, 71, of Squires, was southbound in a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and was following two other vehicles.
The trooper said the car immediately in front of Anderson had its turn signal on, and Anderson changed lanes to pass both vehicles. The front vehicle, a 2002 Toyota pickup, driven by Brian E. Cotter, 53, of Caulfield, which was signaling to turn left, started to make the left turn and was hit in the northbound lane by the Anderson car.
Both drivers were taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield by Cox Ambulance.
Also taken to the hospital with minor injuries was a passenger in the Anderson car, Dakota L. Praine, 2, of Wasola.