Three Injured in Pettis County Collision
Three people were injured in a two-truck collision that occurred early Saturday morning in Pettis County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a westbound 2012 GMC truck, driven by 21-year-old Carsen S. Gerke of Windsor, was Missouri 52, west of Route B around 2 a.m., when the truck traveled into the opposing lane and struck an eastbound 1993 Ford truck, driven by 42-year-old Thomas S. West of Clinton.
West and his passenger, 28-year-old Trisha L. Swindler of Clinton, both suffered serious injuries. Swindler was transported to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, while West was transported to University Hospital in Columbia. Neither were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report.
Gerke suffered minor injuries and refused treatment on scene. He was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash either.
Both vehicles were totaled and towed by Don's Truck Towing.
Gerke was later arrested by the Patrol at 2:42 a.m., and charged with felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious injury, and a lane violation. Gerke was processed and released.