Thomas A. Sheldon, 39, of West Plains died in a head-on crash at 8:55 a.m. Dec. 21 when the 2005 Dodge pickup he was driving westbound on Highway 160 seven miles west of West Plains crossed the centerline and hit a 1998 tractor trailer driven by Billie J. Barnes, 67, of Birch Tree. Barnes was wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate injuries. He was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Sheldon was not buckled, the patrol said.
Jamie L. Cornett, 23, of Winona and Sandra M. Felts, 21, of Birch Tree sustained minor injuries at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23 when the 1996 Dodge Cornett was driving southbound on Route 19 two miles south of Winona blew a tire, causing the Dodge to run off the road and overturn. Both were not wearing seat belts and were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View.