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Medical personnel with Cox Ambulance and Ava Rural Fire Dept. treat Tamara Yost on the ground before moving her up a steep embankment to the ambulance last Thursday afternoon.

Ava Woman Seriously Hurt In Wreck Last Thursday

Tamara D. Yost, 22, of Ava, was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield last Thursday afternoon with serious injuries following a one-vehicle crash north of Ava.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Yost was traveling west on Highway 76, three miles northeast of Ava, when she lost control of her 2004 Saturn, ran off the roadway and hit a tree.

The car traveled down a steep embankment and was hardly visible from the roadway. Nearby residents Don and Carol Cunningham heard the crash and went looking for the car or the wreck might not have been found for some time.

Cox Ambulance personnel, Ava Rural firemen and Douglas County deputy, Sgt. Vernon Johnson, were assisted by bystanders in moving the victim up the steep embankment to the ambulance.

The crash occurred at 2:05 p.m. and was investigated by Tpr. C.J. Mendez of the Highway Patrol.

The Troop G report said the driver was wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred.

Michael W. Allen, 38, of St. Louis, was taken by ambulance to Cox South Hospital Monday night following two-vehicle crash on Highway 5, seven miles south of Ava.

According to the Highway Patrol report, Allen was driving south in a 2014 Ford Fusion and attempting to make a left turn when his car was hit by a southbound 1996 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Gary E. Downs, 44, of Ava.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, the Troop G report stated, and Allen’s injuries were listed as minor.

The wreck occurred at 5:48 p.m. and was investigated by Tpr. M. Barron.

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