Posted On: September 2, 2008 by Ryan Bradley

Jackson woman injured in three-car wreck

Ila Niswonger, 86, was seriously injured Sunday when the 2001 Chrysler she was a passenger in collided with two other cars on Highway 61 just north of Jackson, Mo.

According to the Highway Patrol, Robert Harper, 81, the driver of the Chrysler, was traveling north on Highway 61. Another vehicle, a 2005 GMC driven by Dale Steffens, 67, was also traveling north and attempted to make a left turn in front of Harper’s car. Harper’s car was deflected into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a 1999 Ford head-on.

Niswonger was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Despite extensive damage to the other vehicles, the patrol lists no other injuries.

Since the accident was not witnessed by the investigating officer, his description of the crash would not be sufficient evidence to prove liability. It is not known whether Steffens was negligent in making the left turn that caused the accident. An accident reconstruction organized by a personal injury attorney would be able to determine fault for the purpose of collecting damages.