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Thayer teen dies in crash with ambulance

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Eli Pounders
A 2011 Thayer High School graduate is dead after a two-vehicle crash involving an ambulance Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 8. Six days later, a Rogersville woman died in a crash at the same site.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the first crash happened at 2:05 p.m. Nov. 8 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. The vehicle 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, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary, was taken to Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

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. He is the grandson of the late Mary Jane Pounders, a longtime Thayer teacher.

Eli Pounders was a freshman at Missouri State University in West Plains.

Nov. 14 crash

A Rogersville woman died Monday, Nov. 14, in a three-car crash on Highway 63 three miles south of Brandsville.

The crash happened just before 3 p.m. when a southbound 1997 Jeep Cherokee driven by Tiffany Smith, 29, of Rogersville passed a 1996 Mercury Sable driven by Marcus H. Martin, 30, of Thayer in a no-passing zone, according to the patrol.

Smith's Jeep hit a 2000 Freightliner driven by Louie Brower, 54, of Pomona. The Jeep then skidded and hit Martin's Sable.

Smith was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

Brower and Martin were uninjured in the crash. All three were wearing seat belts.

The Howell and Oregon county sheriff's department assisted at the scene.

Smith's death marks fatality number 33 for Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, compared to 31 at this time last year.



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