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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • New London woman seriously injured in crash

  • A New London woman was flown to a St. Louis hospital mid-afternoon Friday with injuries following a one-vehicle crash on County Road 422 (Paris Gravel Road), 1.6 miles west of U.S. 61.
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  • A New London woman was flown to a St. Louis hospital mid-afternoon Friday with injuries following a one-vehicle crash on County Road 422 (Paris Gravel Road), 1.6 miles west of U.S. 61.
    Injured in the accident was 27-year-old Sarah A. Kurz of New London, who according to Sgt. Jeff Van Tress of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was the lone occupant of the 2006 Pontiac Montana, which came to rest approximately 15 yards off the roadway.
    According to a first responder, who spoke on the condition he not be identified, the vehicle came to a stop after rolling over multiple times. Judging from the churned-up soil, the Montana left the pavement some 30 yards west of where it came to rest.
    Van Trees described Kurz’s injuries as serious. Likely contributing to her injuries was the fact Kurz was thrown from the vehicle as it was overturning. The Highway Patrol’s accident report indicated that Kurz was not wearing a safety device at the time of the crash.
    The accident report did not provide any indication as to why the eastbound vehicle left the two-lane, blacktop road.
    The accident occurred at 1:55 p.m. According to scanner traffic, by 2 p.m. firefighters were busy setting up a landing zone approximately 300 yards from the crash site. Despite the blustery conditions, the helicopter, which is based at Hannibal Regional Airport, was in the air toward the accident scene within a few minutes.
    “They (helicopter) were here real quick,” said a firefighter.
    The Survival Flight helicopter was bound for St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis by 2:30 p.m.
    Firefighters from the city of Hannibal and Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene, along with Marion County Ambulance personnel, who tended to Kurz’s injuries until Survival Flight had the woman on board.
    While two Highway Patrol troopers “worked” the accident, Hannibal police and Marion County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped traffic in both directions for almost an hour.
     
     
     
     
     
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