No injuries were reported in a wreck involving a Platte County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle last week in Platte City.
The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20 on Fourth Street near the intersection with Blake Street. The patrol vehicle, a Ford Explorer SUV, appeared to have been traveling south when it struck a Mercedes SUV being driven by Deborah Wagy of Kansas City, Mo.
The Explorer suffered heavy damage to the front left panel, while the Mercedes took the impact in its back left panel.
Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy Drew Burns, driver of the Explorer, and the driver of the other vehicle both refused medical treatment at the scene. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) then arrived on scene to investigate the crash.
A MSHP report indicated Burns’ Explorer was driving in excess of the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour at the time of the crash, one of two contributing factors cited.
Wagy also failed to yield while making a left turn off of Blake Street onto Fourth Street. Her vehicle came to rest facing north partially in the front yard of a residence. The Explorer appeared to travel off the south side of the roadway, striking and knocking down a mailbox and street sign before traveling southeast and coming to rest in the northbound lane near the intersection with Thomas Street.
The two vehicles came to rest about 20 yards apart.
An outside agency is always asked to do the investigation of an accident involving any county vehicle, according to Platte County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeffrey Shanks. The Platte County Sheriff’s Office accident review board will complete a separate investigation into the crash and make a recommendation after completing its work.