Lake Saint Louis Man Seriously Injured in Crash on Highway 61

Motor Vehicle Accident

A 33-year-old man from Lake Saint Louis sustained serious injuries in a crash with a semi tractor-trailer early Monday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Russel P. Werle of Lake Saint Louis was northbound on Highway 61 north of Route B in Lincoln County when he fell asleep at the wheel.

Werle’s 1989 Honda Civic struck the rear of a 1999 Freightliner driven by a 53-year-old man from Charleston, Tennessee.

Werle was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was not wearing a safety belt.

The truck driver was not injured.