Southbound 270 at Big Bend reopens after three people die in crash


UPDATE: The southbound lanes of 270 at Big Bend in Kirkwood have fully opened after Wednesday morning’s fatal crash there. The lanes reopened at about 6:45 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Southbound 270 at Big Bend in Kirkwood was closed Wednesday morning due to a triple fatal crash.

The crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and killed three people. The interstate in that area was closed until about 6:45 a.m.

There were four separate crashes at the scene. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the first crash involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle with two women in it. Both of the women in that vehicle died. MSHP said the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and hit the concrete median wall.

It returned to the roadway and hit the tractor-trailer. Jessica Kaplan, 33, of St. Louis was the driver and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Nancy Hodge, 31, of Black Jack, Missouri was the passenger. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 66-year-old Spencer Perry of Gore, Oklahoma, got out of his vehicle to check on the women and was hit as a pedestrian by a car driven by a 17-year-old.

MSHP said no injuries were sustained in the third and fourth crashes.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

An accident reconstruction team is handling the investigation. Initial reports said neither Kaplan or Hodge were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Investigators said they do not indicate any foul play from any of the drivers. 

FOX 2’s traffic reporter Molly Rose urges motorists to take an alternate route. She suggests they take Lindbergh or 141.

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