fatal accident

Two Bloomsdale residents died Tuesday evening (June 30), a few hours after they were injured in a wrong-way accident on Hwy. B south of Elm Springs Drive in Dittmer, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

A 35-year-old Jackson woman who allegedly was driving the wrong way on the highway was hurt in the three-vehicle accident and was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the report said.

At 3:27 p.m., the Jackson woman reportedly was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue north on southbound Hwy. B, and the car struck a southbound 2012 Hyundai Tucson SUV head-on. After the collision, the SUV became airborne and struck the side of a northbound 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, according to the report.

John R. Rickus, 85, of Bloomsdale was driving the Tucson. He and a passenger in the SUV – Helen M. Rickus, 87, of Bloomsdale – were taken by Big River Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where they were pronounced dead by medical personnel. John Rickus was pronounced dead at 6:52 p.m., and Helen Rickus was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m., the report said.

Jason W. Woolbright, 46, of Imperial was driving the pickup. No injuries were reported for him.

The Jackson woman was moderately injured and taken by Big River Ambulance to Mercy South, the report said.

However, the hospital had no information about her, a Mercy spokesman said today (July 1).

All those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported.

The car and the SUV were totaled, and the pickup was moderately damaged, the report said.

The highway patrol reported that it arrested the Jackson woman at 5:09 p.m. at the hospital for an alleged DWI involving the death of two or more people. Her name will not be published unless charges are filed against her, and as of this afternoon none had been filed.

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