A Belleville woman and her husband were on their way to a Super Bowl party Sunday night when they ended up in the center of a 30-car crash near Rolla, Missouri.
Ashley Rozane said she and her husband, Raymond, were driving on Interstate 44, near mile marker 186, when they saw an accident in front of them. They slid to a stop on the slick roads but another car hit them from behind.
“I saw a car coming behind us and told my husband ‘We’re about to get hit, we’re about to get hit’ and then we did,” Rozane, who recently moved to Saint Robert, Missouri, said.
The impact pushed Rozane and her husband forward hard enough that they wound up on top of a semi truck.
“After the impact and we were stopped, our air bags had deployed so I couldn’t see out and I didn’t know we were in the air. I thought we were still on the road and I was screaming at my husband ‘We have to get out, we’re going to get hit again,’” she said. “He tried kicking out the windshield while I tried getting the door open. I finally got my door open and we had to walk on top of the car underneath us to get down. Some of the truck drivers helped us down.”
Rozane said neither of them were injured in the crash besides having headaches and feeling sore. She also said she doesn’t blame the semi drivers or other drivers for the crash.
“This was Mother Nature. The snow came so fast and the roads were so slick. Right before the accident my husband and I were just saying we didn’t even know it was supposed to snow today,” she said.
Rozane said they were on their way to pick up their children and then headed to a Super Bowl party when the crash happened.
Ten people were injured in the crash and two people were airlifted to the hospital, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Rozane shared photos from the scene on Facebook with a post that read, “Thank god for well built trucks seat belts and angels. I am so thankful our kids weren’t with us. Life flashed before my eyes. Our truck is the one on top of the semi trucks.”
The post was shared over 21,000 times by 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Less than fifty miles away on I-44, one person died in a separate 12-car crash at mile marker 138, east of Marshfield, Missouri. According to a press release from MODOT, both eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed Sunday night and clean-up was expected to last at least 12 hours.
According to KRCG, Missouri Highway Patrol responded to 131 crashes Sunday after snowfall affected road conditions resulting in 11 injuries and one fatality.
The snowfall was the first round of wintery weather expected this week throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois. Snow is predicted for Monday and Tuesday with possible accumulation and icy conditions.
Editor’s note: This story has been changed to reflect the Rozanes were in the 30-car pile up that occurred Sunday night.