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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Palmyra woman suffers serious injuries in crash

  • Emergency personnel were called out Tuesday morning to help remove a Palmyra woman who was trapped inside a vehicle after in struck a tree near U.S. 36, west of Hannibal.
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  • Emergency personnel were called out Tuesday morning to help remove a Palmyra woman who was trapped inside a vehicle after in struck a tree near U.S. 36, west of Hannibal.
    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the driver of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox was 54-year-old Sonja A. Walkup. Her injuries were described as serious.
    The mishap, which occurred approximately one mile west of Hannibal, was reported at 8:40 a.m.
    A driver with Blackland Transit witnessed the crash. Speaking on the condition he not be identified, the tractor-trailer operator said the Equinox was eastbound on U.S. 36 when it veered off the roadway, crossed the median, continued over both westbound lanes of U.S. 36 before leaving the highway again and hitting a tree.
    “She did not come close to hitting me, but I saw it happen,” said the driver of the westbound tractor-trailer.
    While the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District was initially summoned to the scene, the Hannibal Fire Department was also called out to help extricate Walkup from the vehicle. It took approximately 50 minutes for emergency personnel to remove Walkup from the SUV.
    “We had challenges due to the terrain and the way the vehicle was resting, and the amount and extent of extrication that was needed,” said Bill Madore, Hannibal fire chief.
    Getting the vehicle stabilized was an initial priority.
    “Our training teaches us that we have to make sure we have the vehicle totally stabilized because the vehicle can shift and pose a safety factor for any responder on the scene,” said Madore.
    An assortment of equipment was used in the rescue.
    “We used most of the hydraulic tools in our arsenal - powered rams, cutters and spreaders,” said Madore.
    According to the Hannibal fire chief, the rescue went off without a hitch.
    “Whenever you take a multi-agency incident such as this one, communication is the key. You must know what the other responders are doing and what safety hazards are present,” said Madore. “I was very encouraged today by the teamwork, the communication between all the agencies and how they worked together in the patient’s behalf.”
    After removing Walkup from the vehicle, she was placed in a waiting Marion County ambulance, which transported her to nearby Hannibal Regional Hospital. Walkup, who reportedly was not wearing a safety device at the time of the crash, was flown from Hannibal to University Hospital in Columbia.

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