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Five-vehicle crash in St. Robert sends car “up in the air like a balloon”
Five-vehicle crash in St. Robert sends car “up in the air like a balloon”

St. Robert firefighters inspect a car wedged underneath another car Monday night.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 28, 2009) — A five-car pileup on Missouri Avenue at Gateway Circle stopped most traffic exiting Fort Leonard Wood for nearly an hour on Monday night and sent at least one motorist to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment.

One patient was trapped inside a silver 2005 Dodge Neon vehicle after the force of vehicles smashing into the Neon from behind shoved it under a white 1989 Buick LeSabre, but was not seriously hurt.

Karen Williams said she was facing northbound on Missouri Avenue about 8:30 p.m. and was stopped at a red light when the crash happened next to her.

“We heard a real hard boom; we were at the light and the light was red,” said Williams. “It was ready to turn green, but at the time it had turned green, the car behind it had got hit from the back … the car just went up in the air like a balloon.”

“All I seen was this white car going up in the air and I was parked right next to it,” Carla Whiting said. “All I could imagine was it coming back down over on my car, so I hurried up and swerved over here (on the right shoulder) and came off the road and parked over here and that’s when we called 911.”

A complete police report wasn’t immediately available and isn’t expected until Tuesday morning. Based on information gathered at the scene, a purple 2008 Nissan was northbound when it struck a silver 2007 Toyota SR5 Sequoia, which then stuck a silver Dodge Neon that plowed underneath a white 1989 Buick LeSabre. All four vehicles were removed by Jack’s Towing; a fifth vehicle struck by the LeSabre, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, was only slightly damaged and was able to leave under its own power.

Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics transported at least one patient to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. However, paramedics were hampered when another ambulance developed a flat tire and had to be towed to Big O Tires for a new tire.

Jack’s Towing removed the wrecked vehicles as well as the disabled ambulance. St. Robert firefighters assisted at the scene with crash cleanup and traffic control until the roadway was reopened at 9:18 p.m.

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