A multi-vehicle wreck Saturday in Morgan County killed a 31-year-old Versailles woman and sent seven others to area hospitals with various injuries.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 10 a.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Jeffrey D. Ryden, 38, of Versailles, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 50 near Potters Road, just over the Morgan County line, when it crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2007 Peterbuilt semi truck, driven by Mark A. Schmakel, 47, of Waconia, Minnesota, head-on. The semi truck traveled off the side of the roadway and came to rest off the side of the road in some trees.
The front-seat passenger of the Suburban, Carissa D. Ryden, 31, of Versailles, was ejected on impact and landed in the roadway, according to the MSHP report. The Suburban spun in the roadway and was struck in the rear by an eastbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Devin A. Heier, 24, of Jefferson City. That collision caused the rear-seat passenger of the Suburban to be ejected from the vehicle, and that person landed on the north side of the roadway.
A westbound 1997 Dodge Caravan driven by Angela S. Harvey, 44, of California, Missouri, then swerved to avoid the wreck and struck the rear-seat passenger.
Carissa Ryden was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the semi, Schmakel, sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center. Another passenger, Isabella N. Ryden, 8, sustained serious injuries and was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. Heier sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital.
The driver and the rest of the passengers in the Suburban were transported by ambulance to area hospitals in Sedalia and Columbia. Harvey was uninjured in the wreck.
The MSHP said the incident is under investigation. The Tipton Police Department, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Otterville Fire Department assisted in the rescue.