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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Four people killed in Highway 5 wreck on Niangua Bridge

  • A tragic vehicle collision early Wednesday morning resulted in multiple fatalities and closed Highway 5 north of Camdenton for much of the day.
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  • A tragic vehicle collision early Wednesday morning resulted in multiple fatalities and closed Highway 5 north of Camdenton for much of the day.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed four people were killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 5 on the southern end of the Niangua Bridge shortly after 8 a.m..
    Randal Estes, 56, of Warsaw, was driving a dump truck loaded with gravel when the truck crossed the center line and hit an F-250 pickup truck nearly head on.
    The pickup truck was carrying the Schroeder family from Benson, Illinois. According to the MSHP crash report, the dump truck sustained a flat tire. Estes lost control of the truck when it collided with the pickup truck. A boat towed behind the F-250 continued with momentum and struck the rear of the pickup.
    The impact killed the Estes and three people in the truck: Terry Schroeder, 50, Cindy Schroder, 46, and Dylan Schroeder, 14.
    MSHP Sergeant Paul Reinsch confirmed that one of the passengers in the truck, 14-year-old Donnie Schroeder and twin of Dylan Schroeder, was taken by Staff for Life helicopter from the scene for treatment. As of press deadline, his injuries were considered serious. He underwent surgery at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
    Crews, meanwhile, continued to investigate the scene during the morning and into the afternoon Wednesday. The wreck caused the complete closure of Highway 5 north of Camdenton from the Pier 31 exit north. 
    Missouri Department of Transportation officials said the highway was expected to be closed for six hours through mid-day Wednesday as crews cleaned up the wreck. The bridge reopened after 2 p.m.
    The pickup truck was nearly indistinguishable as a vehicle as it sat on the southbound shoulder of the Niangua Bridge.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Camden County Sheriff’s Office and Mid County Fire Department were on the scene and north and south of the bridge to divert traffic away from the horrific crash site.
    Motorists traveling southbound on Route 5 were urged to take Route 7 to Route J to Highway 54. 
    Tractor-trailer trucks were also asked to avoid the area and were asked to take Highway 52 through Eldon to Highway 54.
    Residents living near the scene of the wreck report hearing two distinct explosions at the time of the crash.
    Reinsch presumed the explosion heard came from the powerful impact of the crash.
    These are Troop F's fatalities numbers 5, 6, 7, and 8 in July and numbers 37, 38, 39, and 40 for 2014.

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