Two people died and 16 were injured after a tractor trailer traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into the back of a 15-passenger van and plowed into several other vehicles on eastbound Highway 40 in Town and Country, Missouri. Killed in the truck crash were Lydia Miller, 55 of Canton and Charles K. Cason, 55, of Caseyville. Miller was a passenger in the 15-passenger van traveling with other members of her Amish community to a funeral. Cason was traveling in a passenger car.
Sixteen people, ranging from 5 to 88, were injured and a total of 11 vehicles were involved in the pile-up triggered by the tractor trailer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Officials say the truck driver barreled through the stop and go traffic and eyewitnesses say he may have been traveling at 75 mph at the time of the accident. The local law enforcement agency and prosecutor are considering filing charges against the truck driver, Jeffrey R. Knight, 49, who reportedly works for Holmes Transportation, according to an earlier article.
My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wish the injured victims a speedy recovery.