(KMOV)—Authorities believe icy road conditions caused a three-car collision on I-64, killing one passenger on Friday night.
Police say the accident took place just before 8 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 64 near New Baden.
Officers on scene believe the accident began when an SUV driven by 89-year-old John Barr veered off the road to the left, rammed into the guard rail then bounced back onto the highway blocking traffic in the right lane.
A semi-truck was forced to swerve to the left lane to avoid Barr in the right lane. This caused the semi driven by Larry Kogl, 71, to strike a car driven by 19-year-old Gavan Hooper who was in the left lane.
According to reports, 21- year-old Maurice Curries was sitting in the right rear seat of Hooper’s car when the semi struck the car. He was killed on impact.
Hooper had three other passengers; all were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries,
Kogl was not injured, Barr suffered only minor injuries.
Police are investigating.