SECOND UPDATE: Two women were killed and three injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday on southbound Highway 221, north of Rock Springs Road in St. Francois County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred when a northbound 1998 Ford Mustang driven by Cody A. Smith, 30, of Ironton crossed the center line striking a southbound 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan head-on.
A passenger in the Mustang, Crystal L. Boyer, 33, of Ironton, was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:26 p.m. by St. Francois County Coroner Jim Coplin. Donna Hampton, 50, of Doe Run, was pronounced at Parkland Health Center at 4:18 p.m. by Dr. Jeffrey Harvey. The next of kin have been notified.
Smith was seriously injured in the accident and flown to Mercy Hospital-St. Louis by Survival Flight Helicopter. Another passenger in the Mustang, Shane C. Snodgrass, 31, of Bonne Terre, also received serious injuries and was taken to Parkland Health Center by St. Francois County Ambulance.
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Injured in the Grand Caravan was passenger Christopher J. Hampton, 42, of Park Hills, who was taken to Parkland Health Center by St. Francois County Ambulance where he was treated for moderate injuries.
According to the patrol, none of the injured and killed were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
UPDATE: Two individuals were killed in a multiple-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on Highway 221 just north of Rock Springs Road.
Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms it responded to the accident on Highway 221 about 3:05 p.m. The patrol reports a Ford Mustang traveling northbound on Highway 221 crossed the center line and struck a Dodge Caravan.
The driver of the minivan, 51, was fatally injured. A passenger in the Mustang was also fatally injured in the crash. The highway patrol did report that three others were seriously injured and transported for medical attention.
The names of the two who were killed are being held pending notification of next of kin. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: A serious accident was reported at about 3:20 p.m. on Hwy. 221 near Rock Springs between Doe Run and Farmington.
Multiple ambulances and air medical helicopters have been dispatched to the scene. It is reported as a two-vehicle accident.
Use caution if driving in the area, or possibly divert through State Route B or Hildebrecht as the highway will be blocked for some time.