The driver of the car involved in last weekend’s accident in which four Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate students were killed has been upgraded to fair condition. 22-year-old Murali Bottu, who grauated from the school in Rolla last Friday night, is recovering at University Hospital in Columbia. Sunday’s crash happened on Highway 42, about 12 miles east of Osage Beach.
Two drivers are hospitalized after a head on crash in Camden county yesterday at 4:47 pm.
A car driven by 42 year old Steven Owens of Macks Creek, crossed the center line, and collided head on with a vehicle driven by 54 year old Kimberly Scott of Linn Creek on Highway 54, 1 mile west of RTE AA.
Kimberly’s car then crossed the center lane and was struck by a car driven by 60 year old Bernie Coleman of Lebanon.
Kimberly Scott suffered serious injuries, Stevens Owens has moderate injuries…both were transported to lake Regional Hospital.
Bernie Coleman was not injured.
The Highway Patrol indicates that he was not wearing a seat belt when his ’99 Buick LeSabre went off the road on Lick Creek Road, hit a tree and crashed near Route FF.
The accident occurred at about 10:30pm.
A one-car crash early December 11 on U.S. 42 that sent 7 people to hospitals has resulted in criminal charges against the driver. 22-year-old Brady Long of Crocker is charged with DWI and assault. The highway patrol says he was driving a Ford truck that crashed and flipped several times when he lost control trying to pass another vehicle on U.S. 42 and Route U. He and his seven passengers were injured, six of them seriously.
A crash north of Osage Beach shortly after the morning rush hour Thursday sent a St. Charles couple to a local hospital and closed Highway 54 in both directions for a time. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 70-year-old Charles Nunn and his 66-year-old wife, Carol, were in their Chevy truck towing a dump trailer at the time. The left rear tire on the trailer blew and Mr. Nunn lost control, ran off the road and hit a guard rail. Both were taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach with minor injuries.