Deadly accident

I-70 crash kills 2, injures 3
Thursday, May 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:04 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 Wednesday resulted in the deaths of a young couple and the hospitalization of the couple’s infant and two other people.

At 11:52 a.m., a 2001 Ford truck traveling west, which was driven by Anderson Williams, 53, of Florissant lost control, crossed the median and struck an eastbound 1995 Chrysler driven by Seth Owen, 25, of Rexburg, Idaho, said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines. The Ford overturned and the Chrysler ran off the roadway and caught fire, Hines said.

Passing truck drivers stopped to help the victims, Hines said. They tried to put out the fire with dry chemical fire extinguishers and tried to rescue the people trapped in the car, but they were only able to rescue the baby, he said.

Seth Owen and his wife, Jessica Owen, 22, were pronounced dead at the scene at 1 p.m., while their 1-year-old son, Seth, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital. Anderson Williams was also taken to the hospital by ambulance, and his son, Joseph Williams, 18, was flown by helicopter to University Hospital.

Eastbound I-70 was closed, and only one lane of westbound I-70 remained open for more than an hour while the crash was investigated.

As of Wednesday evening, Anderson Williams was listed in good condition, Joseph Williams was in serious condition, and baby Seth was listed in fair condition.

No charges have been filed, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Joey Day.

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