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A Festus man, two Festus children and a Kirkwood man were injured Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21) in a three-vehicle accident on I-44 east of Berry Road in St. Louis County. In addition, the Festus man was arrested for an alleged violation of a child protection order, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 2:16 p.m., the 25-year-old Festus man, in an eastbound 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, reportedly was inattentive and struck the driver side of a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe that was stopped partially in Lane 4, with its emergency lights on. Then, the Cruze began to skid and struck an eastbound big rig before running off the right side of the road, where the car struck a guardrail, the report said.

David W. Reich, 36, of Kirkwood was driving the Tahoe, and Vasovic Miodrag, 38, of Miami, Fla., was driving the big rig, a 2016 Freightliner Conventional, according to the report.

No injuries were reported for Miodrag.

However, Reich was moderately injured and taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Festus man had minor injuries, and he was taken by private conveyance to Mercy Hospital St. Louis, where he also was treated and released, the spokeswoman said.

Two Festus children in the Cruze also were hurt, including a 1-year-old boy who had minor injuries and was taken by private conveyance to Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and a 10-year-old girl who was moderately injured and taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

No information about the children’s conditions was available. The highway patrol did not release their names because they’re juveniles.

Miodrag, the Festus man and the children were wearing seat belts or using safety devices, and Reich was exempt from using one, the patrol reported.

The Tahoe was totaled, the Cruze was extensively damaged, and the big rig had minor damage, the report said.

The highway patrol arrested the Festus man at 6:30 p.m., and he was being held at the St. Louis County Jail, the report said.

His name will not be published unless charges are filed against him.