ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Missouri Highway Patrol confirms two people are dead in a two vehicle accident caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 55 in South St. Louis County early Wednesday morning.
The accident happened around 3 a.m. in the northbound lanes between Lindbergh Boulevard and Reavis Barracks Road. The northbound lanes were shutdown for about an hour and traffic was being diverted off the interstate at Lindbergh Boulevard.
After the scene was secured, northbound traffic was able to pass the accident scene on the shoulder of the interstate.
The accident involved a 2000 Toyota 4Runner and a 2017 Hyundai Elentra. The Toyota was traveling the wrong way and struck the Hyundai head-on.
The driver of the Toyota, identified as 41-year-old Carlyon Johnson, was taken to St. Louis University Hospital and died just before 3:50 a.m. The driver of the Hyundai, identified as 28-year-old Donta Brown, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, state police said.