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3 killed, 2 injured in Cedar County wreck


Three were killed and two were injured in a single-vehicle wreck in Cedar County at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. 

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Clay W. Palmer, 19, of Cleveland, Missouri, was westbound in a 2006 Toyota Scion on Route B with passengers Ryan A. Chick 18, of Cabool; Bradley K. Kidwell, 18, of Cabool; Logan W. Meerkatz, 18, of Cleveland, Missouri; and Taylor Q. Ranney, 18, of Mountain Grove.

The wreck occured three miles east of Jerico Springs when the Toyota topped a hill, became airborne, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, per the report. 

Palmer, Meerkatz, and Chick were ejected from the vehicle in the wreck and pronounced deceased at the scene shortly after impact. Cedar County Coroner Nora Powell responded to the scene and pronunced the deceased at 4:30 p.m. She was assisted by Frank Brumfield, also of the coroner’s office. 

The report stated Palmer, Meerkatz, and Chick were taken to Bland-Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton. Next of kin have been notified.

Kidwell suffered serious injuries from the wreck and was flown by air ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. He was the only individual wearing a seat belt in the wreck, according to the report. 

Ranney suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, the report stated. 

The Toyota was totaled in the wreck and towed from the scene by Mike’s Wrecker of Stockton. 

Trooper M. Obert, the Major Crash Investigation Unit and Msg. B. Gruben investigated the crash, with assistance by Trooper J. Marlin, Trooper D. Bridges, Trooper M. Owens and Trooper A. Torbeck. 

This is a developing story.