A rear-end collision on Highway 36, two miles west of Brookfield, left multiple individuals injured on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:35 a.m. on October 15, 2023, when a 2008 Chrysler van driven by Jessica L. Padgett, a 33-year-old woman from Bethany, Missouri, collided with a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan operated by Terry W. Gilmore, a 59-year-old man from Brookfield. Both vehicles were traveling westbound at the time of the accident.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Dodge Grand Caravan slowed down to make a right turn when it was struck from behind by the Chrysler van.
The collision resulted in injuries to several occupants of the vehicles. Among them were four juveniles, two of whom were not wearing seat belts. The injured minors, all residents of Bethany, were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital. Their ages ranged from 6 to 12 years old, and all suffered minor injuries.
In addition to the juvenile occupants, Jessica L. Padgett, the driver of the Chrysler van, also sustained minor injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and was also transported to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Terry W. Gilmore, the driver of the Dodge Grand Caravan, and his passenger, Patricia Gilmore, a 71-year-old woman from Brookfield, both sustained minor injuries. They were wearing their seat belts and were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital.
Assisting in the response to the accident were the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, the Laclede Fire Department, the Brookfield Fire Department, and the Linn County Ambulance.