ST. CLAIR, MO (KPLR) - A two-car accident that occurred overnight Sunday claims 3 lives and seriously injures 5 others. Just after 2:00 Sunday morning, a 2004 SAAB 2.0 was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-44 in St. Clair, Missouri when the SAAB struck a 2013 Toyota Sienna carrying 7 passengers. The SAAB then traveled off the roadway, landing in a median. The Sienna also traveled off the roadway.
The wrong-way driver of the SAAB, 26 year-old Robert Batson of Sullivan, Missouri, died on the scene. The driver of the Sienna, 32 year-old Sushma Settipalli, and 2 year-old passenger Mahidhar Settipalli, both of Plano, Texas, died of their injuries. Five other passengers of the Toyota Sienna are being treated in local hospitals for moderate-serious injuries. All but one passenger are from Texas. The other is from Georgia.
Accident reconstruction crews along with Missouri Highway Patrol are investigating.
I-44 westbound in St. Clair, Missouri has re-opened.