On a recent Sunday morning in Franklin County, several vehicles were headed west on I-44. Disaster soon struck, leaving massive devastation in its wake. Reportedly, the Missouri tragedy was caused by a wrong-way driver.
As the three vehicles headed west on I-44, they were each struck by a Jeep that was traveling in the wrong direction on the highway. It hit the first vehicle head-on and continued rolling down the road colliding with the other two vehicles as it went. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
2 more fatalities
Two women, ages 26 and 27, who were in the first car that was hit, were rushed to an area hospital for emergency care. Sadly, both died. They were from Indiana. The driver of the Jeep, age 64, was reportedly from House Springs.
Navigating the aftermath of a fatal Missouri collision
Tragedies like this are usually followed by phone calls or personal visits to the family members of those involved. Many wrong-way collisions in Missouri are caused by intoxicated or distracted drivers. The consequences of a driver’s negligence or reckless acts can have permanent implications for the lives of accident victims and their families. State law allows immediate family members of fatally injured victims to seek justice on their behalf by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court. In this instance, even though the wrong-way driver responsible for the tragedy was killed, claims may be filed against her estate.