Several people were injured and two vehicles were totaled in a three-car accident that occurred Wednesday at about 1:50 p.m. on North U.S. 63 in Houston.
The chain reaction wreck happened when a Missouri Department of Transportation van pulling an equipment trailer was rear-ended by another vehicle while waiting to turn left from the northbound lane into the MoDOT shed parking lot. A third vehicle heading south in the same the location was also hit.
The 2009 Ford E350 van being driven by MoDOT employee George D. Alston, 41, of Houston, was carrying seven inmates from the South Central Correctional Center in Licking who are involved in a work release program. The driver and four of the passengers received injuries.
Alston was transported by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital, as were inmates Brandon C. Burgess, 26, Charles C. Brown, 34, and Dustin L. Calvert, 34. Inmate Robert L. Bowline was reportedly injured, but refused treatment. Inmates Mark P. Brandman, 47, John W. Bullock, 41, and Daryl W. Campbell, 38, were not injured.
The impact caused the trailer’s hitch post to puncture the rear door of the van and hit the seat where Bowline was reportedly sitting.
The driver of the other northbound vehicle was Kristopher P. Nash, 33, of Rolla. He was flown to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and his 2002 Toyota Rav 4 was totaled.
The southbound vehicle was a 1988 Ford F150 pickup driven by George F. Williams, Jr. 24, of Houston. The chain reaction impact caused it to go off of the roadway and strike two trees. Williams, driving the Tuttle Utility Gas Inc. vehicle, was also transported to TCMH, and his truck was totaled.
Officer Brad Evans of the Houston Police Department said the wreck was still under investigation but charges were forthcoming.
Evans was assisted by the Houston Fire Department, Texas County Rescue Squad and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Earlier: A three-vehicle accident – including a Missouri Department of Transportation prison work release van – has one lane of North U.S. 63 closed in Houston.
Members of the Texas County Rescue Squad, Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol are on the scene.
A medical chopper is preparing to land; others are headed to Texas County Memorial Hospital.