Wreck injures Parsons woman

Parsons Sun – November 19, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – November 23, 2014

A Parsons woman survived a collision with a guard rail late Monday night east of Oswego.

Kourtney D. Wilkins, 22, 1609 Linwood, was treated at the accident scene by Labette Health Ambulance Service and then flown to Freeman Hospital in Joplin by MedFlight helicopter. Sheriff Robert Sims said the woman suffered from head trauma.

The accident, which happened at the east edge of Oswego on U.S. 160 at the base of the hill, was reported at 9:50 p.m. Monday to 911 dispatch.

Emergency responders found a 2008 Pontiac four-door on the north shoulder of the highway. It had collided with a guard rail, which impaled the vehicle and entered the engine compartment and came out in the passenger compartment.

Wilkins was westbound on the highway when the vehicle drifted toward the north shoulder and struck the guard rail.

Sims said the guard rail cut into the car and disconnected the dash board, pushing it into the passenger compartment.

“She was extremely, extremely lucky,” Sims said. He said Wilkins’ seat belt may have saved her life.

“I think that played a very crucial role in her survival,” he said.


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