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Fatal Accident Near Overpass Sunday

One person was fatally injured and two others injured following a two-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate 44, 610 feet east of the Route D West overpass, Sunday, August 23, at 6:45 p.m.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the accident occurred when Genevieve E. Markowski, 18, St. Louis, operating an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in the right lane, attempted to merge to the left and the left front of his vehicle struck the right rear of an eastbound 2000 Ford Explorer, driven in the left lane by Timothy J. Nolting, 42, O’fallon. Nolting then lost control of his vehicle with it overturning and exiting into the right side median between I-44 and the South Service Rd. The vehicle then landed upright in the median ditch.
Billie J. Manley. 29, O’Falloon, not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the Explorer and landed in the right lane of I-44. Manley was transported to Missouri Baptist Hospital, Sullivan, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
Two other passengers in the Explorer, Kaleb R. Kay, ten, O’Fallon and Jordan S. Harlow, 4, O’Fallon, each received injuries. Kay was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, with serious injuries while Harlow was transported by Missouri Baptist Ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital, Sullivan, for treatment.
The Nolting vehicle sustained total damage while the Markowski vehicle received minor damage.
Eastbound I-44 was closed for several hours following the accident.
Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Sullivan Police, Missouri Baptist Ambulance, North Crawford County Ambulance and Sullivan Fire were all involved in the treatment and rescue of patients.


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