Braymer men hurt, one life-flighted after crash on Catawba Road

Life Flight Helicopter

Two Braymer residents were injured when, according to the highway patrol, the trucks they were driving collided near a hillcrest Thursday afternoon.

The accident location on Catawba Road is five miles to the northwest of Braymer.

The highway patrol described injuries as serious for 39-year-old Christopher Waters and moderate for 40-year-old Kevin Leakey. The report stated Waters was flown by a medical helicopter (Life Flight) to Truman Medical Center.  Leakey was taken by ambulance to the Liberty Hospital.

Neither driver was using a seat belt when the accident happened just before 3 o’clock Thursday and it was noted that both trucks were demolished.  The highway patrol reported Waters had been southbound and Leakey was northbound when one pickup crossed the center of the road and collided with the front of the oncoming truck.

Assisting the highway patrol were the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department as well as Braymer and Cowgill fire departments.

A Highway Patrol arrest report accuses Christopher Waters of driving while intoxicated for drugs; possession of drug paraphernalia; also failure to drive on the right half of the road resulting in an accident; and failure to show proof of insurance. He was released from custody to receive medical treatment.