Severe winter weather conditions in Missouri created a weekend filled with numerous accidents. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated that I-44 was especially dangerous for motorists.
On I-44, multiple car accidents occurred throughout the weekend. On Saturday, 25 vehicles were involved in an accident simultaneously when a Greyhound bus hit a tractor-trailer.
The accident occurred west of St. Louis, and cars, tractor-trailers, and buses were littered all over the road and the ditch. The accident occurred at 1:30 p.m.
Eleven individuals were transported to area hospitals with minor and moderate injuries. There were several semi-trucks also involved in the accident and at least one was carrying dangerous flammable liquids and chemicals that spilled.
Later that afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., two individuals were killed after an accident occurred on I-44 near Lebanon. The snow that began falling early on Saturday caused dangerous driving conditions along the entire I-44 corridor.
Weather is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. The National Weather Service reported that the area along I-44 was expected to get between four and eight inches of snow. The pictures shared on social media with NBC News about the accident show a mountain of damaged and off-road vehicles littering the highway on Saturday afternoon.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
It is not clear how many more days involving freezing rain, black ice and snow fall Missouri is likely to get the rest of the season. But regardless of what the weather holds, there are steps you can take to protect you and your family on the roads.
Stay safe on the wintry roads by following these safety tips:
- Avoid driving during weather advisories
- Leave early so that you have plenty of time for the commute
- Avoid tailgating
- Remember to pump the brakes instead of hitting them hard
- Install snow-tires on your vehicle
- Carry a shovel and a flashlight in your trunk
- Keep the gas tank at least half full
- Make sure you keep a fully charged cell phone
The preceding winter driving safety tips can help you and your family navigate these wintry roads safely.
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