ST. LOUIS – Two people were killed in a crash that caused westbound I-70 at I-170 to close for hours Thursday morning.
The crash involving two vehicles happened at 4:26 a.m.
“The crash scene indicates the 2008 Chevrolet Impala, traveling West Bound, travel off the right side of the road and struck the guard rail. After striking the guard rail, it returned to the roadway into the path of a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban. The front of the Suburban struck the side of the Impala and both occupants inside the impala were killed on the scene,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Cp. Dallas Thompson said.
Police say 30-year-old Laci Lowery and 28-year-old Lonnell McClure, were trapped and unresponsive. They have both died.
The driver of the Suburban is expected to survive
“Anytime there is serious injury crash of fatal that is very tragic,” Thompson said. “Two people, that makes it even harder on officers and first responders on the scene to have to deal with that also the notification to the families to start the grieving process with them.”
The Missouri Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to be alert as they gear up for the Memorial Holiday Weekend in a few weeks.
“We encourage people to slow down and pay attention to the traffic around them,” Thompson said. “Also, be on the lookout for distracted drivers and impaired drivers. Always wear your seat belt.”
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.