Seat belts saved lives

Posted July 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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ONE VEHICLE REAR-ENDS ANOTHER FLIPPING IT – The good news: Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt so no one was ejected. According to the report by Troopr D. W. Scotten, at 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, an eastbound black 1997 Isuzu Rodeo, driven by Charles D. Tigner, 54, El Dorado Springs, was eastbound on Hwy. 54 slowing to make a left turn into the driveway of Sac Osage Electric when an eastbound white 2007 Ford Escape driven by Teresa A. Coale, 57, El Dorado Springs, struck it in the rear flipping the Tigner vehicle onto its top. In the tangle of seatbelts and passengers, some of the first people on the scene thought that the occupants of the black vehicle were pinned. El Dorado Springs Fire Chief Owen Elliott, who responded to the scene with his firemen and the Jaws of Life truck, said no one was pinned. Crews from two Cedar County/Citizens Memorial Hospital ambulances were on the scene and called a St. John’s helicopter for Christy L. Tigner, 54, whose injuries were reported as serious. Teresa A. Coale and her passenger, Diane M. Rutledge, 66, Gavois Mills, were taken by ambulance to Cedar County Memorial Hospital with injuries reported as moderate. Charles Tigner was taken by ambulance to CCMH with injuries reported as minor. His other passenger, Carmen G. Tucker, 27, El Dorado Springs, was treated at the scene and released.