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Missouri I-70 car accident: 3 vehicles, 4 injured

An early morning accident involving three vehicles sent four people to the hospital on July 15. The Missouri car accident occurred on Interstate 70 in St. Charles County at approximately 1 a.m. At that time, a car operated by a 26-year-old man from Wentzville attempted to make a lane change but struck a van driven by an 18-year-old woman.

After the impact, the first car struck a road barrier. It then spun back onto the road and struck another vehicle head-on, operated by a 22-year-old man from Cottleville. Both the vehicles were apparently totaled.

The Cottleville man was seriously injured and transported to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, where he was reported to be in serious condition. Meanwhile the driver who started the accident, along with his two female passengers, was sent to another local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The van driver escaped injury, and her van only incurred minor damage. Police have reported that all three drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Early morning driving on Missouri highways can be a dangerous task for many individuals. The combination of limited visibility and the potential for fatigue can impair drivers' ability to fully comprehend and react to their surroundings. In these types of car accidents, all it takes is a moment of inattention to turn a routine driving experience into a treacherous, life-altering car accident -- one that could have yielded far more tragic results if the proper safety equipment had not been worn. It is as yet unknown if any of the injured parties will seek compensation in the form of a personal injury claim under Missouri law.

Source: St. Peters Patch, "Four Injured in Early-Morning Crash on Interstate 70," Joe Barker, July 16, 2012

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