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Head-on Missouri car accident fatal for 1 driver, another injured

A two car accident has killed one woman and sent another to the hospital. Missouri police reported that the car accident occurred around 2 a.m. when the two vehicles that were traveling on opposite sides of the road collided head-on. The impact was so severe that neither occupant could remove themselves from their vehicle.

When rescue personnel arrived on scene, they were able to extract one of the drivers from their vehicle. This individual, identified as being 52 years old, was transported by air to a local hospital. It is believed that the injuries sustained are not considered a threat to her life.

Meanwhile, the other driver, identified as being a 52-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Missouri State Highway Patrol was contacted to conduct a reconstruction of the accident. According to police officials, this request was made due to the severity of the collision. Police have also stated that they plan to investigate whether alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

When a fatal car accident occurs along a Missouri highway, it can be difficult for police to determine who was at fault without conducting an extensive investigation. This investigation may include the completion of an accident reconstruction, which police will use to determine the position of the vehicles when they collided with each other. This investigative tool is an important piece of evidence that can be used by the victims and their families in determining whether they have the grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the other driver. When evidence of negligence is apparent, claims for monetary damages suffered as a result are appropriately litigated through our state civil court system.

Source: kfvs12 News, "Oran woman killed in head on crash," James Long, Aug. 18, 2012

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