A week before the Thanksgiving holiday, law enforcement agencies across mid-Missouri are investigating their third fatal crash this week.
So far, six people have been killed in deadly crashes this week.
I-70 Fatal crash
Investigators said a semitruck that caught fire west of the crash caused the deadly wreck on Wednesday. They said smoke from the fire backed up traffic, and vehicles didn’t have enough time to stop. Sgt. Scott White with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said contributing factors, such as inattention, are unknown at this time.
Six vehicles were involved, including at least two tractor-trailers and at least two passenger vehicles.
Otto Kramer III, 63, of Pickerington ,Ohio; Vicky Moore, 60, of Auxvasse, Missouri; Cindy Spradlin, 63, of Auxvasse; and Jennifer Temple, 44, of Columbia were killed in the crash,.
Callaway County Fatal crash
A Holts Summit man died in a crash Thursday after his car slid on a snow-covered road in Callaway County.
Jason S. Mayer, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2014 Chevrolet Malibu lost control on Highway 94 east of Route C, crossed the center line and crashed into a 2014 Ford Explorer traveling the opposite way at about 6:50 a.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a crash report. The report said the Explorer hit the right side of Mayer’s car.
Deadly pedestrian crash
A pedestrian was hit and killed on Highway 63 in Randolph County Thursday night, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
A crash report identified the pedestrian as John Redelfs, 39 of Moberly.
According to the report, Redelfs was struck in the right driving lane by a car driven by Erin Stapleton, 34 of Moberly.
Even though it’s been a busy week for investigators, it hasn’t been the deadliest year to date, according to data from Missouri State Highway Patrol.