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Chain-reaction crash on Missouri interstate proves fatal

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Many drivers may be aware that at least a portion of their safety may rest in the hands of others nearby. The decisions each driver makes could create a ripple effect that might leave other drivers facing a need to respond and escape to safety, and sometimes this might not always prove possible. A recent chain-reaction car accident that took place on an interstate in Missouri has claimed the lives of up to five people and left several others with severe injuries. 

Multiple-vehicle crash 

Authorities have advised that the incident began when for reasons still under investigation, the driver of a southbound tractor-trailer suddenly rear-ended a second semi-truck. This prompted a multiple vehicle pileup involving up to 17 vehicles. Reports indicate that several of these vehicles were forced into the median in the process and the fallout prompted a secondary incident in northbound lanes. Authorities also assert that a third incident involving at least 13 vehicles occurred shortly thereafter. 

Incident reports state that at least five individuals died as a result of the crash. Several others suffered severe injuries in the process, some of whom were airlifted to nearby medical facilities for treatment. While an investigation is underway, authorities remain uncertain as to whether anything other than foggy conditions might have played a role in the initial crash. 

Injury or loss 

When drivers fail to adjust behaviors to match weather and traffic conditions, there may be a greater risk that a resulting car accident could prompt a chain reaction of events. Such an incident could affect the lives of everyone involved, or even leave families grieving over the unexpected loss of someone close. Those who suffer severe harm or sudden loss due to the negligent actions of another party might benefit from consulting with an attorney in Missouri for guidance on their available options for legal recourse and assistance in navigating the process.