Driver attempting to elude law enforcement causes crash in Trenton

Saturday March 21, 2020 Wreck on 9th Street in Trenton

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three people were hurt late Saturday afternoon in Trenton when a car attempting to elude law enforcement was involved in an accident with another car and hit a tree.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert Ellis of Independence was taken by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department to Wright Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the other car, 26-year old Bradley Shelton of Trenton, was taken by private vehicle to Wright Memorial with moderate injuries. A passenger in the car driven by Shelton, twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Donohue of Chillicothe, was also taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial with minor injuries.

The car driven by Ellis was failing to yield and attempting to elude law enforcement while southbound on Normal Street when Ellis failed to halt at a stop sign at Highway 6, which is 9th Street, and traveled into the path of the car operated by Shelton, which was eastbound on 9th Street.

The eastbound car operated by Shelton hit Ellis’ vehicle on the passenger side causing Shelton’s car to travel off the right side of 9th Street. Ellis’ vehicle went off Normal Street, hit a tree, began to skid counterclockwise, and came to rest in a gravel parking lot.

Ellis’ vehicle was demolished and damage to Shelton’s car was listed as extensive. Shelton and Ms. Donohue were both wearing seat belts while Ellis was not.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department, the Trenton Fire Department, and Grundy County Emergency Services.

Photo Credit: Colleen Phillips