Rodger Alexander Killed, Elizabeth Hailey, Bryce Wimbish, Jared Swift, Dana Kennard Injured in Truck Accident near Mount Vernon, MO
Lawrence County, MO — May 12, 2023, Rodger Alexander was killed, Elizabeth Hailey, Bryce Wimbish, Jared Swift, Dana Kennard were injured in a truck accident around 4:45 p.m. on I-44.
Authorities with the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the fatal truck wreck happened west of Mount Vernon along the westbound lanes of the interstate. The crash involved at least 10 vehicles, authorities say, two of which were commercial trucks.
Right now, details from state police say that a line of vehicles on I-44 was stopped due to traffic congestion. Approaching that traffic, police say that 2016 Freightliner did not stop in time and crashed into the line of vehicles. The first vehicle hit was identified by authorities as a 2015 BMW driven by 37-year-old Rodger Alexander. It appears Alexander suffered fatal injuries due to the collision.
This was then followed by a multi-vehicle chain-reaction collision as the Freightliner and the BMW hit the other vehicles ahead in the line of traffic. As a result, several people were listed as having minor to moderate injuries. The state police report identified the victims as 40-year-old Elizabeth Hailey, 18-year-old Bryce Wimbish, 35-year-old Jared Swift, and 42-year-old Dana Kennard.
Currently, it's unclear if authorities are considering charges or citations. They have not yet stated an official cause for the fatal accident. Investigations are ongoing.