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Two people injured in four-vehicle crash on eastbound I-70

Two people injured in four-vehicle crash on eastbound I-70

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Two people were injured in a four vehicle crash that occurred on eastbound I-70 on Tuesday morning.

Caitlin L. Dolezal, 26, rear-ended a 2007 Ford Taurus, driven by 34-year-old Steven J. Paffrath, in her 2019 Hyundai Accent, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. The impact caused the Taurus to spin and hit a nearby semi, driven by 59-year-old William D. Protsman. A 2003 Ford Ranger, driven by 36-year-old Christopher B Wiggs, rear-ended the Hyundai. The Taurus traveled off the right side of the road and hit a fence.

Police report the accident happened on eastbound I-70 west of the Cave Springs Road exit (225) around 11 a.m.

Dolezal, of High Ridge, was transported to SSM Health St. Joseph St. Charles for minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.

Paffrath, of St. Charles, was transported to Mercy Hospital St. Louis for moderate injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Protsman, of Keokuk, IA, was wearing a seat belt. Wiggs, of St. Ann, was not wearing a seat belt.

Both the Hyundai and Taurus were totaled. The Ranger sustained minor damages and the semi was not damaged.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.

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 an interstate collision, 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 reckless drivers 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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