A chain-reaction crash on Highway 61 Thursday night that involved a tractor-trailer, a pickup, two SUVs, and a car resulted in moderate to extensive damage of the vehicles but–thankfully–only minor injuries.
The accident happened during heavy traffic on the highway, north of Route P, just after 5 p.m.
The four passenger vehicles and the pickup, which were being driven by drivers from Troy, Wentzville, Hawk Point, and Moscow Mills, ranging in age from 16 to 35, were stopped in traffic due to the congestion, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
A 2007 Kenworth driven by a 57-year-old man from Elkton, MN struck the rear of one of the vehicles, causing the other vehicles to collide.
The 22-year-old female driver from Hawk Point and her 22-year-old male passenger were transported to Mercy Hospital Lincoln County for minor injuries. All the drivers involved were wearing safety devices.
In an earlier accident in the same area, a 34-year-old Lake Saint Louis man sustained moderate injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle after leaving the roadway and striking an embankment.