Three-vehicle crash in Taney County results in one fatality, five injured

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A three-vehicle accident on July 3, 2024, near Bull Creek in Taney County resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at approximately 6:17 p.m. on Highway F, one-quarter mile east of Bull Creek.

The incident involved a 2015 Ford F550, driven by Austin L. Battles, 21, of Summerville, Georgia, a 2004 GMC Envoy, driven by Austin M. Gard, 18, of Branson, Missouri, and a 2008 Ford E350 van, driven by Jared A. Thrapp, 45, of Forsyth, Missouri.

The crash happened as Battles lost control of the Ford F550, crossed the centerline, and struck the left side of the GMC Envoy and the front of the Ford E350 van. All three vehicles traveled off the right side of the eastbound lanes.

Jared A. Thrapp was pronounced dead at the scene by Taney County Coroner Elijah Goodwin at 6:17 p.m. Thrapp’s 38-year-old wife, Heather A. Thrapp, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. A juvenile male occupant, aged 7, in the Ford E350 van, suffered moderate injuries and was also taken to Cox South Hospital.

Austin M. Gard, driver of the GMC Envoy, and his two occupants, a 17-year-old female from Reeds Spring, Missouri, and a 7-year-old female sustained minor injuries and were taken to Cox Hospital in Branson, Missouri.

The Ford F550 driven by Austin L. Battles was also extensively damaged and towed by Jim’s Auto Body. Battles, who was using his seat belt, did not report any injuries.

This incident marks the 48th traffic fatality for Troop D in 2024.

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