New Haven, Mo. - According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), 23-year-old Whitney Gabathuler of Hermann, Mo. died late Friday afternoon at Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo after being involved in a severe head-on crash.
New Haven/Berger Fire and New Haven EMS were dispatched to two head-on crashes, occurring approximately 15 minutes apart required Gerald/Rosebud and Washington Fire Departments along with Gerald and Union EMS to respond and assist.
The second head-on crash occurred on Highway E, near Big Branch Road around 12:15 p.m. Click here to read story.
Friday afternoon at 11:49 a.m. two New Haven Ambulances along with New Haven Fire responded for a head-on crash on Highway 100, approximately three miles east of New Haven at Colter’s Landing.
First on-scene emergency crews reported two vehicles with heavy front end damage and that both drivers were trapped in their vehicles, at which time Washington Fire Department was dispatched to assist in extrication.
According to the MSHP 62-year-old Thomas Whited of New Haven, Mo who sustained serious injuries was traveling westbound on Highway 100 when he lost control on the “ice covered bridge” causing his vehicle to travel across the center line, hitting Gabathuler who was traveling eastbound towards Washington, Mo.
The two vehicles then crashed head-on, causing significant damage to both front-ends, particularly to the front-end driver side of Gabathuler’s vehicle, causing her to be pinned between her seat and the dashboard/steering wheel.
Due to the amount of damage to her vehicle, it took firefighters approximately 35 to 40 minutes to roll the rough of the vehicle at the same time push the dashboard/steering wheel back enough so that paramedics and firefighters could remove her from the vehicle.
It took about the same amount of time to extricate Whited who was trapped similarly in nature as Gabathuler.
The MSHP states that Whited was transported by New Haven EMS to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. with serious injuries, however there is conflicting information about Gabathuler.
We can confirm that New Haven EMS began transporting Gabathuler from the scene at 12:50 p.m., enroute to Mercy Hospital.
The MSHP states she was transported by Washington EMS to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. where Dr. J. Fortney pronounced her dead at 3:48 p.m.
It is believed that Gabathuler was first transported to Washington then quickly transferred to Mercy Medical Center. We have not been able to confirm this.
No information regarding the exact cause of Gabathuler’s death has been released and most likely will not be released due to patient privacy laws.
The MSHP also said that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
The accident also caused Highway 100 to be shutdown and traffic diverted for approximately an hour and a half. New Haven Police Department assistant in diverting eastbound traffic down Highway C.
Saturday morning Trooper Juston Wheetley released a statement saying that in the past 24 hours 8 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes.