Two men driving motorized wheelchairs and going only about 10 miles per hour on Hwy. 36 escaped injury in an accident that happened Monday, July 2, a couple of miles east of Cameron. Matthew Kluender, 36, from Stevens Point, Wis., suffers from a bone disease and was riding a motorized wheelchair for a project called “Handi-Abled” (www.handi-able.com). The other motorized wheelchair was being driven by his uncle Don Kluender, who has COPD. The two men were on a 2,700 mile journey to Long Beach, Calif. They began their journey on June 15.According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 9:45 a.m. as Janice Watkins, 61, Cameron, was westbound on Hwy. 36. She was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Bradley Furhman, 20, Marshfield, Wis., was also driving westbound. He was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Van and towing a trailer. Furhman was going about 10 miles per hour as he followed behind the two motorized wheelchairs.
Watkins ran her 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee into the towed unit, which came unhooked from the van. Both the towed unit and the jeep went off the right side of the roadway and came to rest on the shoulder with the jeep inside the towed unit.
The accident was investigated by Cpl. M.K. Allen, assisted by Cpl. A.A. Henry and Tpr. A.J. Webb.
The jeep and the towed trailer were totaled. The van had minor damage.