- Five injured in U.S. 60 wreck

Five people were injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 60 and North Division Street in Seymour.

Fortunately, there was no loss of life.

Cpl. D.L. Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in his radio report that the 3 p.m. accident occurred when a southbound 2004 Ford Excursion sport-utility vehicle (SUV) driven by 53-year-old Debra L. Blankenship of Seymour “failed to yield” at the U.S. 60-Division intersection and “crossed into the path” of an eastbound 2012 Toyota RAV-4 SUV driven by Gust H. Steckman, 68, of West Plains.

After the initial impact, Blankenship’s SUV struck a sign, Johnson’s report said.

Blankenship and Steckman each sustained what the patrol described as moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.

A passenger in Blankenship’s SUV, 54-year-old Frank L. Merriman of Elsberry, also had moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cox South.

Two passengers in Steckman’s SUV — Lois C. Steckman, 67, and a 10-year-old unnamed female — were taken by ambulance to Cox South.

Johnson’s report added that Blankenship and Merriman weren’t wearing their seatbelts; however, all three passengers in Steckman’s SUV were wearing theirs.

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