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Accident kills one, injures three

A Potosi man was killed and three other men were injured Tuesday when their 1992 Chrysler Town and Country overturned several times in Washington County.

In a separate accident, a French Village woman was seriously injured during a collision in St. Louis County.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol reports, Allen G. Fingers, 40, was pronounced dead at Washington County Memorial Hospital. Passenger Kevin E. Mackley, 18, of Mineral Point, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Passenger Walter A. Tomich, 32, of Potosi, also suffered moderate injuries. He was driven in a private vehicle to Washington County Memorial Hospital.

Driver Billy J. Place of Mineral Point, 18, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital.

According to the reports, the car was westbound on Highway 8 at 6:50 p.m. when it went off the road onto the gravel shoulder while driving in a left curve about 500 feet east of the railroad overpass.

Place overcorrected the steering, which caused the car to cross the roadway and go off the south side of the highway. The car then overturned several times, then returned to the roadway, coming to rest on its top in the eastbound lanes.

According to the report, only the driver was wearing a seatbelt. The car was listed as totaled and was towed from the scene.

The St. Louis accident occurred at 4:10 a.m. on northbound Interstate 270, .7 miles south of Interstate 370.

The Highway Patrol reports that Donna M. Boyle, 47, of French Village, was northbound in a 2002 Chrysler Sebring when her car struck the rear of a 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Thomas J. Meder, 50, of St. Charles. Meder’s vehicle overturned and he was partially ejected.

Boyle and Meder each received serious injuries and both were taken to DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. Both cars were listed as totaled and were towed from the scene. According to the report, Meder was wearing a seatbelt and Boyle was not.

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