Police say it’s unclear what caused an accident in Mascoutah that sent five people to the hospital Wednesday night.
“Right now, we don’t know because we’ve been unable get that information from the victims,” Mascoutah Police Chief Bruce Fleshren said, adding there is nothing about the roadway that is particularly hazardous and that there is no history of accidents there. “That stretch of road is as straight as an arrow and the speed limit is 35 miles an hour.”
According to fire department reports, the one-vehicle crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at on North County Road south of Fuesser Road in the north part of town.
Fleshren said he believes the car, a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, was being driven significantly faster than the speed limit. But he said it has not been determined if speed was a factor in 18-year-old driver Trevor R. Meagher losing control of the car.
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“Based on the damage to the car, I believe they were going well over 35,” Fleshren said.
All five people involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals. Meagher was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. Fleshren said he believes Meagher was stabilized at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville before being flown by helicopter to a St. Louis hospital. But police had no additional information about the nature of the victims’ injuries or their conditions.
The passengers were:
Katherine E. Saunders, 21, of Belleville.
Devin M. Hunter, 26, of St. Louis.
Patrick C. Dixon, 18, of Belleville.
Jennifer Good-Werner, 18, of St. Louis.
Meagher’s address was not confirmed, police said.