A truck driver died on Sunday, Feb. 3 when he lost control of his tractor-trailer along the interstate. Missouri Highway Patrol officers believe that weather may have played a factor in the fatal accident.
Teddy B. Bass, a 56-year-old truck driver from Doolittle, Mo., was traveling eastbound on Interstate 44 when the accident occurred. As he attempted to exit onto Interstate 270 at 11:30 a.m., Bass lost control of the truck and began sliding toward the southern edge of the road.
When he tried to correct the mistake, he overcompensated and ran off the northern edge of the road, hitting a highway sign.
Bass was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, where he was pronounced dead. Highway officials closed the road to investigate the accident. They were still trying to determine how much the heavier-than-expected snowfall had played a factor in the crash.
Meanwhile, a two-car accident at an intersection in St. Louis left one man dead and another critically injured.
A 28-year-old man was driving eastbound in his Mazda 3 on Page Boulevard on Monday, Feb. 4 when the accident happened.
According to preliminary police reports, the man (whose identity has not yet been released) failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of North Vandeventer Avenue. He hit a Chevrolet Cavalier that was headed northbound on Vandeventer.
The driver of the Chevy was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as 58-year-old Luss Bradford of Northwoods.
The driver of the Mazda had to be extracted from his vehicle and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
We send our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in these accidents.