A Missouri car accident involving a tractor-trailer sent four people to the hospital in Buchanan County, one with serious injuries.
According to local media reports and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. on Highway 36. Stephanie Bramblett, 20, was driving a 2002 Ford Focus eastbound on the highway with three passengers: Noah McCrary, 18: Lindsey Hulett, 17: and Colton Shaw, 18. Ahead of Bramblett’s vehicle, a tractor-trailer, driven by William Sager, 60, turned onto Highway 36 from northbound Highway 31. As it merged onto the highway, the 1993 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was hit from behind by Bramblett’s car. The car ran off the road and came to rest in the median while the tractor-trailer pulled over to the shoulder.
The force of the impact ejected Hulett from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Hulett was seriously injured in this tractor-trailer accident and had to be flown to Heartland Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment. Bramblett, McCrary, and Shaw all sustained less serious injuries, but were still taken to local hospitals for treatment.
Hopefully all involved make a full recover. Our thoughts are with the injured parties and their families.
It has not yet been reported why Bramblett failed to stop before slamming into the back of the tractor-trailer. More investigation into this incident could reveal additional contributing factors not yet identified in these early reports.