Three-vehicle Crash Injures Two

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In St. Louis County, three Missouri residents were involved in a crash that resulted from one driver operating her vehicle improperly by swerving into other lanes of traffic.

On January 19, 2012 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Wendy Dudek, age 41 and of St. Louis, Missouri was operating a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta and traveling in the northbound direction of I-270. Gerald Brassford, age 77 and of O’Fallon, Missouri was operating a 1993 Buick Century and traveling in the northbound direction as well. The last vehicle involved in the crash was James Herbig, age 25 and of Monroe, Missouri. James was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and traveling in the northbound direction of I-270.

At that said time and place, Wendy, Gerald, and James were all traveling northbound on I-270, north of Ladue, when suddenly Wendy improperly operated her vehicle by swerving into the third lane where oncoming traffic was heavy. James was traveling in that third lane when Wendy swerved into it causing him to collide into her vehicle and thus causing Wendy to collide into Gerald’s vehicle. Gerald as a result of the crash struck the median.

Wendy Dudek sustained moderate injuries from this crash collision and was taken by Creve Coeur ambulance to Mercy Hospital where she would be treated for her medical condition. James received only minor injuries from the crash and was taken by Fronetnac ambulance to DePaul Hospital. Gerald reported to be uninjured and did not seek medical attention.

All participants of this crash were reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to be wearing their seat belts.

Wendy’s 2000 Volkswagen received total damages and James’ 2009 Chevrolet Silverado received moderate damages from the crash, and both were towed by McNamara Standard. Gerald’s 1993 Buick received extensive damages but his vehicle was able to be driven from the scene of the crash.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of trooper, J.A. Hillard, and corporal, M.E. Broniec, of troop C.


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