Two people from Pittsburgh, Kan., were taken to the hospital Dec. 16 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended their car on I-44 in snowy conditions, Eureka Police reported.
Manojkumar Surasani, 25, and Kalyankumar Nalladimnu, 21, were taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur. Nalladimnu was seriously injured, and Surasani had non-disabling injuries, police said.
There were no reported injuries for the driver of the tractor-trailer, Vladuislav Zolin, 26, of La Jolla, Calif.
The accident occurred at 2:42 p.m., shortly after a different tractor-trailer spun out and blocked two eastbound lanes of the interstate, a report said.
Surasani was driving a 2009 Dodge Avenger in a lane that was not blocked, but he slowed down as he approached the tractor-trailer. Zolin was driving a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer and changed lanes to avoid the other tractor-trailer, according to the report.
When Zolin changed lanes and Surasani slowed down, the tractor-trailer hit the back of the Avenger, forcing the car off the left side of the road. The Avenger hit a concrete median twice before stopping with the car partially on the interstate, the report said.
The tractor-trailer came to a stop on the shoulder, the report said.
Police determined the tractor-trailer was allegedly driving too fast for the conditions, Capt. David Wilson said.
Zolin and Surasani were wearing seat belts, and Nalladimnu was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.
The Avenger and tractor-trailer were both damaged and had to be towed, the report said.