Two Seriously Injured in Rear-End Collision


In Pettis County, two Lincoln residents are seriously injured in a rear-end collision crash.

On March 14, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Cary Balke, age 37 of Lincoln, Missouri was operating a 2006 Dodge. Misty Stephens, age 39 of Lincoln, Missouri was operating a 2008 Cadillac along with passenger Amanda Trichel, age 30 of Lincoln, Missouri.

At that said date and time, both vehicles were traveling southbound on US-65 and just north off of the highway. The crash occurred as Misty slowed her vehicle for a school bus that was unloading students when she was rear-ended by Cary’s vehicle. Due to the impact from the collision, both vehicles traveled off the left side of the roadway.

Misty Stephens and Amanda Trichel received serious injuries and were transported by air evacuation to the University Hospital. Cary Balke was uninjured and did not seek medical attention.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, both Misty and Amanda were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision, however, Cary was reported found to not be wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Misty’s 2008 Cadillac received total damages and was towed by State Fair Tow. Cary’s 2006 Dodge received extensive damages and was towed by Don’s Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop A and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department.