SUV’s collide with rollover in serious crash in the Ozarks; Joplin couple hit head-on while on vacation in Branson

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TANEY COUNTY, Mo. — Western Taney County Fire were dispatched to a serious crash last week with rollover and trapped occupants on Monday, August 2 at State Highway 265 and Animal Safari Rd.

Engine 122, Heavy Rescue 17, Chief 3 and Taney County Ambulance District responded,” they stated in a release of information on social media. Chief 3 requested for Branson Engine 3, and Branson Battalion 3 as support.

All crews worked together to extricate the occupants out of the vehicles. Taney County Ambulance District transported four occupants to area hospitals. 

The couple in the Jeep are from Joplin. Nicole Rene says, “My fiancé and I were extracted and are extremely grateful to the first responders who helped us that day.” He suffered a broken wrist and her ribs are still sore. And a week later they still need to sort out insurance. The other vehicle crossed the center line and struck them.

***COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA***
Thank you to the first responders on this accident. Our nephew and niece were in the Jeep and you saved their lives. They were very lucky. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Prayers sent for all involved” — Joe Flores

My friends were in the jeep and they had minor injuries and were told that the people in the other car are okay as well.” — Caitlin Antonopoulos 

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