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Ava Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on East Washington Avenue last Saturday morning. The Ava Fire Department assisted Cox Ambulance personnel with medical treatment at the scene and also helped with traffic control on the busy street until the vehicles were removed.

Three Die In Crash at Mansfield; Several Hurt In Wrecks In Douglas County This Week

A Mansfield man and two people from Kentucky died in a fiery crash on U.S. 60 east of Mansfield last Sunday night.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the wreck occurred at 10:55 p.m., 3.2. miles east of Mansfield.
Austin W. Branham, 22, of Mansfield, was traveling east on U.S. 60 when his 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup ran off the roadway, crossed the median, and hit a van in the westbound lane head-on.
The Branham vehicle overturned in the roadway, caught fire and burned. Branham was pronounced dead at the scene by acting coroner Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler.
Also pronounced dead at the scene of the crash were the driver of the 2010 Chrysler van, Melanie J. Hays, 54, of Melber, Ky., and a passenger in the van, Shirley A. Phillips, 76, of Bardwell, Ky.
Seriously injured were other passengers in the van: Angie L. Dillingham, 42, Bardwell, Ky.; Emma G. Dillingham, 7, Centerville, Tenn.; Natalie J. Hays, 18, Melber, Ky.; and Valerie N. Hays, 10, of Melber, Ky.
All of the injured were airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The body of Austin Branham was taken to Holman Howe Funeral Home in Mansfield. Bodies of Melanie Hays and Shirley Phillips were taken to Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in Mtn. Grove.
The Highway Patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Team assisted with the scene investigation, along with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department and Mansfield and Mtn. Grove police departments.
Fire departments from Mansfield and Norwood assisted, along with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
These deaths represent Troop G’s 9th, 10th and 11th traffic fatalities for 2014, compared to eight at the same period last year.
Ava police investigated a two-vehicle crash on East Washington Ave., just east of the Ava square last Saturday morning.
Two people were taken to the hospital by ambulance, but neither was believed to be seriously injured.
Ava Police said the wreck occurred when a 2000 Pontiac Gran Prix driven by Theresa M. Brown, 60, pulled into the path of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by Vickie Roland, 43.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Washington Ave. and NE 5th St.
A 10-year-old Mansfield girl was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield Tuesday evening following a one-vehicle crash on Douglas County Road 514, seven miles north of Ava.
The Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Chevrolet pickup driven by Danny L. Clouse, 37, of Mansfield, went out of control, ran off the right side of the roadway and hit an embankment and a tree.
Injured were passengers, Ali A. Clouse, 10, who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries; and Laurel L. Clouse, 14, who suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene.
A Wasola couple were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at Squires Wednesday afternoon.
The Highway Patrol said Stanley J. Collins and Marsha L. Collins, both 54 of Wasola, were seriously injured and both were airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
According to the Troop G report, the Collinses were traveling north on Highway 5 in a 1994 Chevrolet Geo Metro when a 1997 Ford F150 pickup driven south by Jeffrey L. Haughton, 70, of Theodosia, made a left turn into their path.
The crash occurred at 1:55 p.m., just north of the intersection of Douglas County JJ.
Stan and Marsha Collins were treated at the scene, then transported to the Bill Martin Memorial Airport in Ava by Cox Ambulances where they were met by helicopters and flown to Springfield.
Haughton suffered minor injuries and would seek medical attention on his own.
Squires Fire Department assisted with the incident.

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