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1 dead, 5 injured in fatal chain-reaction crash in Missouri

June 1, 2019

FRONTENAC, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say one person died and five people were injured in a fatal chain-reaction crash that occurred when two vehicles stopped in the middle of a highway to avoid a deer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the crash happened Friday night when a deer wandered onto Highway 40 near the St. Louis suburb of Frontenac. That led a Maryland Heights woman to stop her Nissan SUV in the highway. A Ford SUV driven by a University City woman also stopped. The Missouri Highway Patrol says that’s when a car driven by a Wildwood man slammed into the back of the Nissan. Both vehicles then hit the stopped Ford.

Investigators say a passenger in the Nissan, 75-year-old Giriza Srivastava, died in the crash. A man and two children in the Nissan were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Officials say a passenger in the car and driver of the Ford suffered minor injuries.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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