Multi-vehicle accident blocks Interstate 70 at Kingdom City

An image from the Missouri Department of Transportation traffic camera shows the aftermath of a multi-vehicle accident near the Kingdom City Exit.

COLUMBIA — The two people who died in a seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Callaway County Tuesday were identified as Robert Brainerd, 46, of St. Louis, and Charles Moore, 46, of Nicholasville, Ky. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A report posted on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's website described the chronology of the crash, which occurred near the Kingdom City exit:

  1. A pickup truck, driven by Brandi Clements, 42, of Williamsburg, hydroplaned while driving west on the interstate.
  2. Moore swerved his tractor-trailer toward oncoming traffic to avoid crashing into Clements.
  3. Clements' truck struck Moore's tractor-trailer and came to rest partially underneath its towed unit.
  4. As it crossed into the eastbound lanes, the tractor-trailer crashed into a pickup truck driven by Mark Goddard, 54, of Osawatomie, Kan., and a tractor-trailer driven by Brainerd.
  5. A tractor-trailer driven by Scott Swank, 30, of Tonganoxie, Kan., then rear-ended Brainerd's tractor-trailer.
  6. Cars driven by Christopher McDonald, 37, of Montgomery City and Sonny Conn, 71, of Morehead, Ky. then rear ended the crashed tractor-trailers.

Five people were taken to University Hospital, Sgt. Scott White said Tuesday.

As of 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sonny Conn was in serious condition, University Hospital spokesman Jeff Hoelscher said. Clara Conn, 71, Goddard and Aaron Shipps, 23, of Osawatomie, Kan., were in fair condition, and Clements, 42, had been treated and released, he said.

McDonald and Swank were uninjured, according to the report.

After hours of cleanup, the eastbound lanes of I-70 were reopened by 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, White said.

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