A Phelps County Two-Vehicle Crash Kills Four and Injures Another Four

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Four people lost their lives and four others sustained significant injuries on Sunday, as a result of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on State Route O, four miles south of Rolla, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

Killed in the crash were Logan K. Barton, 27, of Salem Missouri, Zachary J. Barton, 26, of Salem, Alonzo C. Moore, 22, of Rolla Missouri, and Andrew T. Theiss, 25, also of Rolla.

According to the MSHP’s report, in addition to the four fatalities, injured in the crash were Lainie Knehans, 43, of Rolla Missouri who sustained serious injuries, Andrew E. Knehans, 42, also of Rolla Missouri sustained  moderate injuries, Parker W. Knehans, 6, of Rolla Missouri suffered minor injuries and Sophia R. Knehans, 10, also of Rolla sustained minor injuries.

The report states the crash occurred when a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Moore, was southbound at 9:12 a.m. Sunday when it entered into the path of a northbound 2015 Nissan Titan, driven by Andrew Knehans.

Theiss and both Bartons were riding as passengers in the Chevrolet. None of its occupants were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Knehans were all passengers in the Nissan. The report shows that all were wearing their seatbelts. They were all transported by Phelps County EMS to Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

This incident resulted in the second, third, fourth and fifth fatalities of November for Troop I. There have been 33 fatalities in Troop I’s district in 2018.

Assisting the highway patrol on the call were the Rolla Rural Fire Protection District and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department.

Rolla’s Rural Fire Chief Roger Hayes posted on thier facebook site, “Earlier today the Rolla Rural Fire Protection District along with Phelps County Ambulance, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were dispatched to a head-on collision on State Highway O.” “Upon arrival, it was determined there were four occupants in one vehicle who were injured with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. All four were transported by Phelps County Ambulance to the Phelps County Medical Center.” “The other vehicle had four occupants that were determined to have succumbed to their injuries. I would like to explain to the community as to how well all of these agencies work together in such an awful incident. Everyone knew what jobs had to be done and completed them all in a very professional manner.” “These type of incidents can bother even the most ‘seasoned’ first responder. Hug your loved ones, tell the ones you love that you love them, and if given the chance thank all of your first responders. Please keep the families of those involved in your prayers.” “Again, I want all of my firefighters to know how proud I am of them. Not everyone thinks of what first responders have to deal with. I want to thank all of the responders for working together so well, as well as the other firefighter’s who responded to our station to back fill and be ready for another call if necessary. Thank you all.”

The AW Smith Law Firm sends our condolences to everyone involved in this crash.