Five Injured in Chain Reaction Crash on I-70

Chain Reaction Crash
Photo credit Wright City Fire Protection District

A five-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Interstate 70 in Warren County closed down the westbound lanes for a time and sent five people, including a 6-year-old child, to the hospital.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2000 Lincoln Navigator driven by Lex C. Fitzgerald, 28, of Wentzville, was westbound on I-70 near the 199 mile marker just after 5:30 p.m. Friday. Fitzgerald failed to slow for traffic, and he rear-ended a 2000 Dodge Neon driven by Montana C. Rathrt, 20, of Dardenne Prairie.

The Neon then struck the rear of a 2015 Cadillac Escalade driven by Steven C. Shapa of Lake Saint Louis, which struck a 2016 GMC Denali driven by Clyde R. McQueen, 64, of Kansas City.

The Denali then rear-ended a 2004 Ford F150 driven by Scott W. Hargis, 56, of Warrenton.

Fizgerald and a six-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Lake Saint Louis by private conveyance.

Rathert sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

An occupant in the Escalade, Kelly C. Wood, 50, of O’Fallon, sustained moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital. Wood was the only person injured who was not wearing a safety belt.

A passenger in the Denali, 63-year-old Gerri L. McQueen of Kansas City, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.