A turtle in the roadway is too blame for a three-car accident in Clay county Monday afternoon that left an Excelsior Springs woman with moderate injuries and another man with minor injuries.
According to Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 60-year-old Excelsior Springs resident Sharon S Hayes was driving a 2007 Honda Civic on westbound Missouri Route 210 near Bluff Road when she swerved to avoid a turtle in the roadway.
That move sent her car off the right side of the roadway and Hayes overcorrected to the left, sending the Honda across the center line into the eastbound lane of traffic. Once on the wrong side of traffic, the car hit a 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer.
According to the accident report, the Honda’s engine then impacted a 2020 Chevy Malibu being driven by 65-year-old Alan D. Wheeler of Camden, Missouri.
Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Hayes, however, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment. Wheeler suffered minor injuries and was transported to Liberty Hospital for treatment.