ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Five people were killed in separate crashes across the St. Louis-area Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
A woman was killed after the rear tires on her car blew, causing an accident in south St. Louis County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Erin Jenkins-Nabe, 32, was killed when her car became wedged underneath a tractor trailer while trying to make it off the roadway at Interstate 55 near Butler Hill Road around 10:40 p.m. Jenkins-Nabe was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
About an hour later, accident reconstruction detectives were called after a car swerved off a roadway and struck two pedestrians in Wellston.
The 19-year-old driver told police she was traveling southbound on Kienlen Avenue when she swerved to avoid an unknown vehicle that was traveling northbound. As she swerved across the northbound lanes, her car left the roadway, struck a curb and continued onto the sidewalk, killing two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the accident scene.
About three hours later, two people were killed in an accident in downtown St. Louis.
Police say a car rolled over and caught fire in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 at Cass Avenue just after 2:00 a.m.
Janay Douglas, 32, and an unidentified woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 reopened around 5:30 a.m., but delays were seen on the roadways.
Shortly after the crash on Interstate 44, a car and tractor trailer collided closing both directions of the McKinley Bridge. Authorities say the driver of the car was taken by helicopter to the hospital with serious injuries.
The McKinley Bridge reopened just after 7:10 a.m.