1 Dead, 7 Injured in 7-Vehicle Crash


PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. -- One person was killed and seven others were injured in a seven-vehicle wreck in Phelps County Sunday afternoon. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report, 21-year-old Eric Uhrhan, of Scott City, Missouri, was killed.  He was the driver of a 2016 Ford F-150 truck.

The report says a 2015 Volvo Tractor crossed the median and overturned, hitting a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and a 2014 Toyota Camry.

Uhrhan's truck tried to avoid the collision by changing lanes but hit a 2012 Harley Davidson. The driver of the motorcycle, 73-year-old Glen Paasch was ejected and has serious injuries. Uhrhan's truck stopped on the shoulder. 

The towed unit of the Volvo Tractor then hit Uhrhan's truck, causing it to overturn. 

A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado was hit by debris from the Volvo Tractor. The report says a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu avoided colliding with the other cars but hit an embankment. 

Five drivers and passengers had minor injuries. One other passenger had moderate injuries. Paasch was airlifted from the scene to the University of Columbia Hospital. Three of those injured were taken to local hospitals. 

This was Troop I's first July fatality but the 16th fatality in 2017. 

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ST. JAMES, Mo. -- The St. James Police Department is asking residents to avoid Interstate 44 and Highway KK after a multiple vehicle wreck was reported.

According to the department's Facebook page, there are multiple injuries.

One lane of KK should be open within 15-20 minutes, according to a Facebook post from the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District at 2:52 p.m.

Eastbound I-44 is shut down at the 195 exit, east of St. James, after a tractor-trailer and several vehicles collided. The fire department is asking people to find an alternate route.

Officials don't know how long it will be shut down.

Officers are diverting traffic off I-44 to East James Boulevard and Highway KK.

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