A Watson resident received minor injuries in an accident January 6, 2021, at 2:25 p.m. on U.S. Hwy. 275 north of Firefly Road in Atchison County. The wreck occurred as a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Justin G. Bodfield, 36, was northbound on 275 and crossed the center line 10 miles north of Rock Port. The pickup went off the west side of the roadway, struck a tree and slid counterclockwise, coming to rest on its wheels facing south.

Bodfield, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries and was transported to CHI Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by a private vehicle. The 2006 Ford pickup was totaled and towed from the scene by Benefiel Towing of Hamburg, Iowa. The accident was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. S.M. Hux, who was assisted by the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department.