Two wrecks this week injured five Northlanders, sending people ranging in ages from 1 to 72 to area hospitals with moderate to serious injuries.
The first wreck occurred Dec. 22 on eastbound Missouri Highway 92. According to the highway patrol crash report, the accident happened around 2 p.m. west of Long Road when Catherine J. Deberry of Smithville suffered a medical issue while behind the wheel of a 2019 Chevy Trax sports utility crossover vehicle.
Deberry lost control of the vehicle and it traveled off the right side of the road and overturned. Deberry, 70, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Liberty Hospital.
The second accident occurred around 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in Holt city limits in Clinton County.
According to the highway patrol, the head-on collision occurred on Missouri Highway PP at Southeast Cameron Road when a 2011 Toyota Camry headed westbound crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a 2019 Ford Escape SUV.
The driver of the Toyota sedan, Aspin N. Covey, 21, of Holt, suffered serious injuries. Two passengers in the vehicle Covey drove, Zachary R. Covey, 20, and an unnamed child, 1, also suffered serious injuries. Aspin was transported by a Holt EMS crew to North Kansas City Hospital while Zachary was taken by Tri-County ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment. The baby was taken by Kearney fire district ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the second vehicle, Shelia M. McCaslin, 72, of Lawson, also suffered serious injuries. She was transported by ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.