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Salem Police Report More Information on Route 37 Crash

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Police say they have received multiple reports of reckless driving by an 18-year-old rural Texico woman before she apparently caused a three vehicle crash on the south side of Salem Monday morning.  

Police reports indicate the van driven by 18-year-old Tia Allen of Troy Road in Texico was traveling north bound when she crossed the centerline and struck a southbound SUV driven by 24-year-old Amanda Huelskoetter of Charleston Road in Salem.  After the impact, the Huelskoetter vehicle went into the westside ditch and the Allen van spun around and was hit in the side by a second southbound vehicle driven by 31-year-old Bobbie Prior of State Route 37 in Kell.  

Both Allen and Huelskoetter were airlifted from the scene by Air Evac and taken to St. Louis Hospitals after being extricated from their vehicles by Salem Firemen.  Prior was taken to Salem Township Hospital.   Both Huelskoetter and Prior were released following hospital treatment, while Allen was admitted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Salem Police say Allen initially has been issued tickets for driving on a suspended license, improper lane usage, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  More charges could be added as the investigation continues.   

Police say several witnesses have come forward or earlier called police to report Allen running vehicles off the road on Route 161 beginning at the Bell Club Road and near Biggies and then on Route 37 just south of where the accident occurred on Route 37 near Foster Salvage.  

The wreck occurred at 8:17 Monday morning.  The road was closed for more than an hour as emergency crews assisted the injured and cleared the highway of the wreckage.  

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