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Last Updated : December 22, 2021

One dead, man and 11-year-old hurt in multi-vehicle Hwy 30 accident

Posted on Sunday, February 28th, 2021

DITTMER, MO (JEFFERSON COUNTY) – A man was killed, and two other people, including an 11-year-old boy, were severely injured during a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 30 on Friday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened on westbound Highway 30, near Adele Drive, at 7:27 p.m., when the driver of a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck crossed the center line, and went into the lane of oncoming traffic.

The S-10, driven by 63-year-old Luebbering man Joseph R. Austin, collided with the front left side of a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by John W. Schmiedeskamp, of Grubville.

The S-10 then collided with the front of a 2000 Dodge Dakota, driven by 33-year-old Dittmer man Shawn M. Ferris.

Austin was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:43 p.m.

Ferris and his passenger, an 11-year-old boy from High Ridge, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Schmiedeskamp was not reported as injured.

Ferris and Austin were reportedly not wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred.

The Dakota and the S-10 were totaled in the accident, and the Jeep sustained extensive damage.

This article is one in a series presented by OnderLaw, LLC to inform our neighbors about car accidents and traffic news across our city. It should not be interpreted as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, we would like to discuss your case in detail. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, your lost income, and other expenses. More importantly, the only way to fight against dangerous driving habits or fix the root cause of many accidents is to enlist the help of an experienced attorney that has the possibility to effect change and can prevent this from happening to another family. Contact us today to speak to one of our compassionate St. Louis car accident attorneys.

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