LEBANON, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says two of their vehicles were involved in a crash while responding to an emergency Saturday evening. The incident happened on eastbound I-44 and a trooper sustained moderate injuries.
The report says the two law enforcement vehicles- a Ford Explorer and a Dodge Charger, approached a car driven by Heather Manning, 32, of Lebanon which was slowing in the passing lane. The Charger, driven by Trooper James Conway swerved into the driving lane to miss Manning and the MSHP SUV then struck the slowed car.
After the initial impact, Manning ran into the Dodge Charger. Southwood’s Explorer ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a bridge pillar head-on. The crash totaled the vehicle.
Trooper Southwood was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was commissioned by the patrol last year and lives in Lebanon.
Manning was taken to Lebanon Mercy for minor injuries.
The damage to the Charger is estimated at $5,000.
MSHP Sgt. Mobley responded at 6:55 p.m. He was assisted at the scene by MoDOT.