• October 02, 2023

Kenneth Bryan, Danny Smith, Vasile Cricovan, Children Killed, Sarah Tague, Others Hurt in Ammonia Tanker Accident in Teutopolis, IL

UPDATE (October 5, 2023): Public information has identified four University of Missouri swimmers injured as a result of the ammonia leak. They were Sarah Tague, Anja Dangelmaier, Weston Hemmerling, and John Costello. They were in a vehicle behind the tanker when it overturned, and they became engulfed in the cloud of anhydrous ammonia.

It appears that Tague, Dangelmaier, and Costello all had to be airlifted from the scene while Hemmerling was taken to a hospital separately. Right now, it appears all four continue to recover from their injuries.

Two other people also were reportedly airlifted from the scene, as well. They were 61-year-old Terrie Tudor of Union, Missouri, and 24-year-old Jacob Bloemker of Brownstown, Illinois. One other person, identified as 66-year-old Charlie Whitt of Indiana, was taken to a local hospital.

Right now, details surrounding the fatal crash are ongoing.

Kenneth Bryan, Danny Smith, Vasile Cricovan, Children Killed in Ammonia Tanker Accident in Teutopolis, IL

Effingham County, IL — September 29, 2023, Kenneth Bryan, Danny Smith, Vasile, and two children were killed in an ammonia truck accident at 9:25 p.m. on U.S. 40.

According to current information available about the fatal crash, it happened along the highway in the Teutopolis area. Authorities said that the ammonia tanker involved was going along the highway when it reportedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle. This led to the truck overturning, and a chain reaction accident occurred.

Authorities say that the ammonia leaked from the truck, causing a serious hazard for the area. The victims identified by authorities reportedly died as a result of the exposure to the ammonia. Those victims were identified as, 67-year-old Danny Smith, 31-year-old Vasile Cricovan, 34-year-old Kenneth Bryan, and two children in Bryan's vehicle, ages 7 and 10.

Several others were apparently taken to a hospital following the accident. Their conditions and the number of people affected is not clear at this time. Additional details regarding possible charges or citations are unavailable pending the continuing investigations.


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