Two people were killed and 16 were hurt when a semi plowed into a line of cars stuck in rush-hour traffic on July 15 in St. Louis.
The horrific accident occurred on eastbound Highway 40 just west of Interstate 270. A tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey R. Knight of Muscle Shoals, Ala. slammed into a line of waiting cars. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11 vehicles were involved in the crash and the victims ranged in age from 5 to 88.
In “Amish travelers among Hwy. 40 crash victims,” reporter Kim Bell writes that several of the injured motorists and one of those killed belonged to a Missouri Amish community. They were headed to a family funeral in Tennessee.
Lydia Miller, 55, an Amish midwife who lived on a farm with her husband in Canton, was riding in a seven-passenger van when the semi struck the vehicle. Miller was killed and two people with her in the van are in critical condition.
Other victims included Charles K. Cason, a 55-year-old from Caseyville, Mo., who died when the truck collided with his 2004 Audi.
Mark S. Tiburzi, a 52-year-old man from St. Peters, is also in critical condition. His 2007 Toyota Camry was caught in the path of the oncoming tractor-trailer.
Eye witnesses have told reporters that the truck didn’t slow down as it approached the stopped traffic. However, the Missouri Highway Patrol has not released the official cause of the accident.
While investigators work to reconstruct the events leading up to this tragedy, the families and victims must deal with the devastating losses. The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. offers its sincere condolences to all who are trying to cope with this calamity.