Lives are lost on Missouri roads almost every day. Two women from Bethany suffered fatal car accident injuries in a wreck on a recent Saturday morning. Reportedly, the tragedy occurred on U.S. Highway 36 in the vicinity of Stewartsville. The Stewartsville Fire Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

An accident report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicates that the two women were traveling together in a sedan. The car was driven by an 86-year-old woman, and an 81-year-old woman was a passenger. Both women were reportedly buckled up at the time of the accident.

While they were traveling west on the highway, a tractor trailer that was traveling in the same direction struck the sedan from behind. The impact knocked the car onto the median as the big rig stopped on the shoulder of the road. The 25-year-old out-of-state truck driver was reportedly not injured, but both the occupants of the sedan were declared dead at the accident scene.

The accident report does not indicate what caused the tractor trailer to hit the back  of the car. The surviving family members of the two women who died from fatal car accident injuries are entitled to pursue claims for financial relief by filing wrongful death lawsuits against the truck driver and his employer and/or the owner of the truck. However, before the Missouri civil court will consider entering a monetary judgment, negligence on the part of the truck driver will have to be established. If that is successful, documented claims for emotional and financial losses will be adjudicated.

Source: newspressnow.com, “Two killed in Highway 36 crash“, April 23, 2016