Two accidents on U.S. Highway 50 over weekend leave two area residents injured

Linda Trest

An accident at 12:41 p.m. Sunday afternoon left motorists passing through town scrambling for alternate routes.

A report from Tpr. M. A. White, with Troop C of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) provides details of the incident.

Demetre R. Strubberg, 22, was traveling east on E. Fitzgerald (U.S. Highway 50) in a 2004 Ford Mustang. 

Richard O. Elliff, 62, was traveling westbound and attempted to make a left turn on S. Bernhardt Ave. (State Highway H) in front of Strubberg.

The 1993 Ford F150 Elliff was driving struck the Mustang. Both vehicles were totalled and were towed from the scene of the accident.

While Ellif was using a seat belt, Strubberg was not and suffered minor injuries. He was transported by Gerald ambulance to Mercy Washington.

Both men are from Gerald.

Gerald Police and Gerald-Rosebud firemen responded to the call and provided traffic control. 

Saturday, just before 5 p.m., an Owensville woman was injured in a crash just west of the Gerald city limits.

Stephanie L. Curtis, 43, of Owensville was driving a 2000 Toyota Corolla westbound on U.S. Highway 50 east of Diekroeger Lane.

A report from Tpr. M.K. Halim  also with Troop C of the MSHP states she was following too closely to the vehicle in front of hers. 

Curtis struck the rear of a 2015 Ford Focus driven by Brian W. Culp, 56, of Villa Ridge.

Both drivers were using seat belts, but Curtis received minor injuries. She was transported by Gerald ambulance to Mercy Washington. 

The Corolla had extensive damage, the Focus had moderate damage.