Laclede County Missouri-
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that one of the four victims who died in the head-on crash on Hwy 5 had been in a single-vehicle crash hours earlier in the day.
The report says that Arthur Hayes slid on an ice-covered Hwy E east of Eldridge and struck a tree. The crash happened 5 miles east of Eldridge. Hayes was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt. A Ford F-150 was towed from the scene
Arthur (Ray) and Crystal Hayes later died in a different vehicle when they crossed the center line on Hwy 5 and struck Daniel Hahn of Springfield and Loretta Hendrickson from Lebanon head-on. Hahn and Hendrickson were both pronounced deceased at the scene. Arthur Hayes was at the wheel at the time of the crash.
Daniel Hahn and Loretta Hendrickson were en route at the crash to see their own son who has been placed in a medically induced coma from another accident.
In the earlier crash involving Arthur Hayes, Trooper Cpl. Brackett responded at 6:10 am and was assisted by the Eldridge Fire Department.