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Fiery Stone County car accident severely injures 3

A fiery one-vehicle accident in Stone County has sent three Reeds Spring residents to the hospital, where they were each said to be fighting for their lives. The Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed that rescue crews were called to the scene of the car accident a bit before 4 p.m. on March 18.

The collision occurred on Highway 86 west of Tracy Hollow Road, and emergency personnel found the car on fire when they arrived. The 30-year-old driver had already been removed from the wreck by two individuals who happened to pass by on a motorcycle. Her two passengers, a 22-year-old and a 12-year-old, were rescued by Stone County crews.

No details were immediately available concerning the cause for the car accident. A photograph accompanying the news article showed the severely charred remains of the car next to a tree. Individuals who were near the crash were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, and the three people who were in the car that crashed were taken to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries.

The families involved surely have focused their attention on the recovery of each person injured. It is too early to understand exactly what happened and what role driver error may have played a part in the fiery crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is likely involved in the accident investigation, which typically results in an official report. That report may offer conclusions concerning the specific cause of the incident. If the report or an independent investigation uncovers negligence on the part of any party that caused or contributed to the car accident, Missouri courts may be called upon to determine whether or not monetary damages for personal injuries are appropriate for any of those injured.

Source: ozarksfirst.com, "Bystanders Recall Pulling Driver From Fiery Stone County Crash," Kate Stacy, March 19, 2012

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