St. Louis Man Killed in Head-on Collision on I-55

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St. Louis county crash leads to fatality for one man and serious injuries for another.

On May 14, 2011 at approximately 11:50 p.m., 51 year old John Casalone of St. Louis was operating a 2000 Toyota Camry traveling northbound on I-55, about 100 feet north of Union Road. At that said time and place, 46 year old Hai Pham also of St. Louis was the operator of a 2006 Toyota Sienna traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55.

Pham’s vehicle was partially in lanes one and two of northbound I-55. Due to Pham traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55, he struck the vehicle of John Casalone head on.

John Casalone was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Brian Torno with Mehlville Fire Department at 11:59 p.m.; next of kin was notified. Casalone was transported to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office by the St. Louis medical examiner. The at-fault driver, Hai Pham was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center by Lemay Ambulance with serious injuries.

Both vehicles involved in the crash received total damage and were towed from the scene of the crash by Squires Towing. The two drivers involved in this crash were not wearing their safety devices. This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper B. Hall of Troop C.


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