Both Drivers Injured in Fiery I-57 Crash North of Kinmundy
State Police say a car driven by 18-year-old Seth Barnhart of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was traveling in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed when it ran into the back of a car driven by 21-year-old Alexandria Ruholl of Dietrich. The impact caused the Ruholl car to leave the right side of the road, overturn and strike a tree. The Barnhart car slid across the median and southbound lanes before leaving the pavement and catching fire.
Kinmundy-Alma Fire Chief Kevin Day says Barnhart had several gas cans in the back seat of his car that apparently had at least partially spilled and caught fire. The car was totally involved in flames when firemen arrived and was a total loss. Barnhart was able to get out of the car on his own.
Barnhart was transferred from the scene by medical helicopter to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Ruholl was taken to Salem Township Hospital and later airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital.
Barnhart was ticketed for driving under the influence, illegal consumption of liquor, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Police say other charges could possibly be added later. Ruholl was ticketed for driving on a suspended license.
The crash occurred at 7:15 Friday night.
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