Posted On: October 8, 2008 by Ryan Bradley

Multi-car Missouri Crash injures five south of Rolla

Five people were injured, one seriously, in a four-car crash Friday afternoon on Highway 63 about eight miles south of Rolla, Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melissa Coomer, 28, was traveling south on Highway 63 in a 2000 Pontiac Montana, but was stopping in preparation of turning left onto County Road 5340. A 2007 Chevrolet SC1, driven by Scott McKendrick, 25, was following behind Coomer and swerved to avoid a rear-end collision. McKendrick’s vehicle then crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2009 Mack Tractor, driven by Alan Jansen, 57.

After this initial collision, Jansen’s vehicle continued across the roadway and hit Coomer’s car before hitting a storage shed and stopping.

While stopped in the middle of the road after the accident, McKendrick’s Chevrolet was then hit by a fourth vehicle, a 2008 Kia Rio driven by Janet Scruggs, 64.

McKendrick suffered serious injuries and was flown to University Medical Center in Columbia. The other three drivers and a passenger in Coomer’s car, Denise Davis, 45, were also injured and taken by ambulance to Phelps County Regional Hospital in Rolla, according to the investigating officer.