Weekend Weather Brings Fatalities and Serious Injuries in Missouri
Posted on February 18th, 2019 by Zane Cagle
Predicted Snow Impacts Various Parts of Missouri Roadways
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were five car crash fatalities over the weekend. Local law enforcement also worked fatal crashes in addition to the MSHP. The northern portion of the state received quite a bit more snow than did the greater St. Louis area. If you watched any news at all this weekend, you are aware of the multi-car pile-up on Interstate 70, westbound at the 29.1 mile marker. There were 47 vehicles involved that were either hit, ran off the road or were damaged. There were at least 15 vehicles, including two semi-trucks that crashed resulting in the death of a 73 year old woman of Platte City, Missouri. The Platte City woman was a restrained passenger in a vehicle with a seriously injured 74 year-old man, also of Platte City, MO. He was a restrained driver as well and was seriously injured.
According to the MSHP report, the fatality in the pile-up occurred when a tractor trailer lost control of the semi on the snow covered roadway and traveled off the left side of the road, before coming to rest partially blocking the road. The fatally injured couple in a Ford Escape SUV struck the rear of the semi partially blocking the roadway Then, a Dodge Ram struck the passenger side of the Escape. Multiple other vehicles struck one another and others went into the ditch.
Witnesses to this horrendous crash and video recordings were not focused on the initial crash but the ensuing mayhem. Questions have been volleyed as to whether other drivers were traveling too fast for weather conditions and inability to see due to weather. How did so many cars fail to slow down resulting in many cars piling up on the interstate or going into the ditch?
Fatal Crash on Friday Evening in St. Francois County
A fatal crash occurred on southbound US 67 south of MO 32 around 6:30 p.m. when a Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling southbound on US 67 when a pedestrian entered the roadway from the left. The driver failed to see the pedestrian and struck him. The pedestrian crash victim, a 21 year old Park Hills man died at the scene.
Fatal Crash South of Poplar Bluff
At around midnight on Friday, the driver of a Chevy truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned on Highway 53, five miles south of Poplar Bluff. The driver of the vehicle, a 27 year-old Piggott, Arkansas woman was seriously injured and the 28 year-old male passenger, also of Piggott, Arkansas, was killed. The MSHP reports that neither of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
Fatal Crash in Bollinger County
A 41 year-old man of Marble Hill, MO died when his Jeep ran off the roadway and overturned twice on Route N, 1 mile eat of Highway 51. The driver was reported as not wearing a seat belt.
Fatal in Columbia, MO
One person was fatally injured after two crashes on Saturday afternoon. A 37 year-old man was first involved in a crash at Stadium and West Boulevard. The report said the man was fleeing from the scene of the first crash, crossed the center line on West Boulevard and hit a 20 year-old man’s vehicle around 2:30 p.m. According to reports, the 37 year old man was trying to pas another vehicle in a no passing zone when the second crash happened at the intersection of West Boulevard and Prospect. Both were taken to the hospital where the 20 year old man died. The 37 year old man sustained minor injuries.
Fatal Crash in St. Louis
Two people were ejected during a crash on westbound Interstate 64 near Clayton Road. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. According to the SLPD, a 43 year old man was killed and a 40 year-old woman was seriously injured. Their 2014 Dodge Ram hit a guardrail on the right shoulder of the highway near the Clayton Road exit. The pick-up then rolled over and came to rest in the grass. According to the police, both were ejected from the vehicle. An accident reconstruction team had the roadway shut down for several hours.
MetroLink Crash- St. Louis County
On Saturday evening, a vehicle was reported as traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the MetroLink train. The driver was reported as not wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred in the 6300 block of Etzel in Wellston. The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to the hospital and no one on the train was reported as injured.
Injured in a Motor Vehicle Crash?
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, you will need legal help. If you are not hurt, insurance companies are pretty good at taking care of property damage. It is far easier to agree upon the price of a bumper of a Mazda than the price of your injured neck. Property is replaceable, but health is far more complicated.