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Two area residents hurt in recent crashes


An Ava resident suffered moderate injuries in a crash at 2:16 p.m. Friday, according the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Tpr. K.H. Hogan, Troop G of the patrol, Willow Springs, reported a northbound 2007 Dodge Ram driven by Joshua Swainston, 44, ran off the road and struck a tree 2 miles north of Ava. Geographical coordinates included in the report show the accident happened on Douglas County Road 76-205.

Swainston was not wearing a seat belt and was transported by Cox Ambulance to Cox South Medical Center in Springfield for treatment, the report shows.

Hogan was assisted at the scene by Cpl. D.J. Johnson.

Janessa K. Teague, 19, Winona, suffered minor injuries when her vehicle struck a deer at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on east U.S. 60, 2 miles west of Winona in Shannon County.

Msgt. C.A. Kimes reported a 17-year-old boy, also from Winona, was driving an eastbound 2015 Chevrolet Trax when it struck the animal. The driver’s identifying information is not publicized because he is a minor.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Teague was transported by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and no injuries were reported for the boy.