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Teen driver killed in wrong-way accident on I-64

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The driver of a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 64/40 is dead after hitting a Greyhound bus and another vehicle Sunday morning.

Chesterfield Police said Nicholas Watson, 18, was traveling east in the westbound lanes around 3:30 a.m. when the vehicle sideswiped a Greyhound bus just west of the Boone's Crossing exit.  The bus had 24 passengers on board. 

After hitting the bus, the driver traveled several hundred yards and hit another vehicle. The driver was  ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.

The driver of the Greyhound bus Andrew Williams, 52, was taken to Mercy Hospital with neck pain. One passenger on the bus, Jefferson Scott, 27, was also taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. Both were released after treatment. The second vehicle's driver, Mary Radcliffe, 57, remains hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

All westbound lanes of I-64/40 were closed during the accident, but reopened about four hours later around 7:30 a.m.

Chesterfield Police are still investigating the crash. They do not have details as to why the driver was on the wrong side of the road.

"We'll try to determine what his driving habits were, what he was actually doing, but right now it looks like he was driving as if he was going down a lane of traffic, just in the opposite direction," said Captain Steven Lewis of Chesterfield Police.

Police say there are 911 calls that cite Watson driving the wrong way on the highway as far out as Winghaven.

News 4 will keep you updated as details become available.

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