Piggott Teacher Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people were seriously injured, including a Piggott teacher, in a two vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Qulin.

Reports indicated Vanessa Hartwell, 58, of Qulin, was transported by air-evac to Southeast Missouri Medical Center, in Cape Girardeau, following the crash.

She was a passenger in a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban which was being driven southbound at the time of the crash by her daughter, Jody L. Lilly, 33, also of Qulin. The reports indicated Lilly was transported to Black River Medical Center, in Poplar Bluff, for treatment of what were described as minor injuries.

According to the report, a 2007 Dodge Charger, being driven northbound by Kandra E. Leonard, 22, of Corning, went left of center and struck the Lilly vehicle head-on. Leonard was also transported by air-evac from the scene and was taken to The Med, in Memphis, with what were described as serious injuries.

The report indicated the crash occurred around 1:40 p.m. on Highway 53, on the north edge of town within the city limits of Qulin. The report also noted all the occupants of both vehicles were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

The accident was investigated by Cpl. C.W. Tucker with assistance from Trooper L.E. Hughes of the MSHP

As of last report, social media posts by family and friends indicated Hartwell continues to recover. She's a first grade teacher at Piggott Elementary School, and a long-time member of the staff.

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