ACCIDENT: A Thayer teenager received serious injuries Sunday afternoon when he hit a bridge west of Alton. Josh Whittington, 19, was air-lifted to a Springfield Hospital after his 1999 Dodge car hit the Barren Fork Bridge at 4:12 p.m. on Highway 160 approximately nine miles west of Alton. Officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Troop G officers, and Rover and Alton Fire and Rescue crews responded to the accident. Whittington was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Photo courtesy of Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King.