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Multi-car crashes: 1 airlifted after 4 vehicles collide on I-70

The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to an Interstate 70 crash on a recent Monday morning. This was one of many multi\-car crashes that occur in or near road construction zones. In this instance, an earlier accident in a work zone caused traffic to come to a halt in the westbound lanes of the interstate.

An accident report indicates that a 59-year-old driver from a neighboring state failed to reduce speed in time when he came upon the stopped traffic. He allegedly smashed his van into the rear of a car operated by a Foristell woman. The impact of this collision propelled her car into an SUV and another sedan.

This sedan's 43-year-old driver from Arnold suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the van. Although the SUV rolled over and landed on its side, the driver was uninjured. The car that was first struck by the van landed in a ditch, and the driver suffered serious injuries. She was rushed to a Saint Louis hospital by helicopter. The two drivers who were less seriously injured were transported to another hospital by road.

It is not uncommon for multi-car crashes to cause injuries to several motorists. Any person who suffered injuries as the result of another party's negligence retains the right to pursue claims for recovery of financial and other losses. Personal injury lawsuits may be filed in a Missouri civil court, and upon establishment of negligence, the court will adjudicate documented claims before entering a monetary judgment. Along with medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages can form part of the damages sought.

Source: 70westsentinel.com, "Foristell Woman Seriously Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash", Tamara Duncan, Sept. 13, 2016

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