Thayer teen killed in crash with ambulance
A 2011 Thayer High School graduate is dead after a two-vehicle crash involving an ambulance Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 8.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 2:05 p.m. two miles north of Koshkonong, when the 2004 GMC Envoy driven by Elisha "Eli" Pounders of Thayer lost control while traveling northbound on Highway 63 and skidded into the path of an Oregon County 2011 Freightliner ambulance operated by James Burkshire, 44, of West Plains. Both vehicles overturned in the crash.
Burkshire and his passenger, Fonda Holder, 46, of Cabool, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by ambulance. The ambulance was not transporting a patient.
Pounders died in the accident and was taken to Carter Funeral Home in Thayer. He was pronounced dead by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary at 3:20 p.m. The death marks fatality number 31 for Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, compared to 30 at this time last year.
Burkshire and Holder were wearing seat belts. Pounders was not wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.
Pounders is the son of Jeremy, a West Plains policeman, and Susan Pounders of Thayer and was attending college in West Plains.