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Three die in two wrecks

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Mammoth Spring man, two Koshkonong men killed

Injured: Paramedics assist Vince R. Martin after he was thrown from a 2005 Dodge Ram truck during a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 63 two miles north of Hardy July 22. The driver of the truck, 24-year-old Michael D. Casey of Mammoth Spring, was killed during the crash. Photo/Jared

Hardy -- A Mammoth Spring man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck July 22 on Highway 63 two miles north of Hardy.

According to the Arkansas State Police 24-year-old Michael D. Casey was driving his 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the north bound lane when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer.

While executing his pass attempt, Casey swerved into the northbound ditch to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle, said Cpl. Noah T. Shaw with the Arkansas State Police.

Shaw said Casey then swerved out of the northbound ditch, skidded across the road and landed in the southbound ditch.

Casey, a 1998 graduate of Thayer High School in Missouri, and his passenger, 25-year-old Vince R. Martin were thrown from the vehicle as it rolled over several times in the southbound ditch Shaw said.

Casey suffered from internal injuries and a gash on his head, according to first responders at the scene. He was still breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene, but Casey went into cardiac arrest shortly after they began to work on him.

An ambulance transported Casey to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem where he was pronounced dead by emergency room physician Paul Coffman at approximately 3:40 p.m., said Fulton County Hospital Administrator Frank Wise.

"They (the paramedics) tried to resuscitate him, but he had no vital signs when he arrived at the hospital," said Wise.

Martin, a native of Birch Tree, Mo., was also transported to the Fulton County Hospital after sustaining minor injuries, Wise said. Martin was treated and released the same day.

Shaw said neither Casey nor Martin were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. No citations were issued, Shaw said.

Casey's funeral was held July 25 in Mammoth Spring.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department, State Highway Patrol, Hardy First Responders, Spring River Ambulance Service and Fulton County Ambulance Service responded to the call.

Two Koshkonong men were killed in a two vehicle wreck 11 miles north of Salem on Highway 9, July 24.

Ernest Billingsley, 61, and his son, Alex Billingsley, 40, were killed when a vehicle driven by Shiela O'Dour, 42, of Memphis crossed the centerline and collided with the two men.

Cpl. Noah T. Shaw with the Arkansas State Police said Ernest Billingsley died at the scene and Alex Billingsley died at St. John's hospital in Springfield later that night.

Ernest Billing's son-in-law, Winfred Smith, also of Koshkonong, suffered injuries during the wreck and was taken to Fulton County Hospital in Salem. Smith was treated for multiple injuries that included broken ribs.

He was released and later taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains to receive treatment for a gash on his shoulder.

Smith is now recuperating at home.

O'Dour was uninjured during the wreck, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Shaw said no citations had been issued as of press time, but the investigation into the wreck is not complete.

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