ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two adults were killed and six children suffered serious injuries in an early-morning Friday crash.
St. Louis Police Department officials said two adults, one man and one woman, were killed in the two-vehicle accident that happened at Hall and Adrian Drive, near Riverview Drive, around 9:45 Friday morning.
The SUV, a Nissan Armada involved in the accident was occupied by a 33-year-old male driver, female passenger and six children, three boys and three girls. The other vehicle, a roadside assistance truck, was occupied only by a male driver, according to police.
Police say the investigation has shown a Nissan Armanda speeding south on Riverview, when the driver lost control.
"It lost control, went up on the grassy median, went airborne and crashed head-on into a box truck going northbound," said Lt. Paul Lauer of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
The driver of the roadside assistance box truck, later identified 63-year-old Rasim Mustedanagic, and the female passenger in the SUV, later identified as Whitney Thomas, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV was transported to to a hospital in critical/unstable condition. Police said the six children, between the ages of six months and 11 years old, were transported to St. Louis hospitals. Only two of those children were in child seats.
The children are listed as serious, stable condition.
The driver of the truck co-owned a business called, M & R Roadside Service, LLC, according to his business partner, Dzemal Arapovic. Those who knew him described him as a great guy who would help anyone.
Arapovic, who spoke through a translator, said he normally rides in the truck daily and would have been in it Friday morning if not for a last minute change of plans.
"He just said it was God's faith. The guy called him this morning and said take your own car and I'll meet you there. And as he's pulling up to the spot there supposed to work he sees what went down," as translated by his son, Nermin Kajtezovic.