Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to two multi car accidents in Warren County on October 13, 2023.
Two multi-car accidents on eastbound Interstate 70 tied up traffic but thankfully left no one seriously injured.
The first occurred at 11:52 a.m. at mile marker 200 near Wright City. The crash involved eight different vehicles.
The accident began when three vehicles slowed for congested traffic and a car driven by 58-year-old Felix Rodriguez Duenez, who the Missouri State Highway Patrol said was traveling too fast for conditions, struck the back of a 2019 Ford F150, pushing it into the car in front of it, which pushed that vehicle into the car in front of it.
As that crash was occurring, a 2016 Ram 2500 driven by Ananias Hershberger, 23 of Wooster, Ohio, struck the back of a vehicle that had slowed for the initial crash. That resulted in two more cars being struck, ultimately ending with Rodriguez Duenez truck being struck from behind.
The crash shutdown both lanes of the interstate at the Wright City exit, and traffic did not begin flowing through the area again for more than two hours.
A Warrenton man, 41-year-old Tyson L. Jones, was taken by ambulance to SSM Health Lake St. Louis by ambulance with minor injuries.
Just a little more than three hours after traffic started moving following the first crash, another involving seven vehicles occurred at mile marker 195 near Warrenton at 5:30 p.m.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report, drivers had slowed for traffic congestion when a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia driven by 35-year-old Ahmed Abdi of Aurora, Colo., struck the back of two vehicles.
That impact caused a chain reaction that resulted in several more cars being hit. Eventually, Abdi's vehicle ran off the side of the road.
A 54-year-old Navarra, Fla., man who was driving one of the cars initially struck was taken by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with moderate injuries.
No further information was available about the injuries in either crash.