Several are dead after a crazed driver lead police on a pursuit Saturday night that involved several crashes before a fatal collision at Glenstone and Kearney.
The Springfield Police Department was alerted around 6:43 p.m. of a vehicle pulling a trailer with a second vehicle driving erratically in the area around the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The report said the main vehicle had lost the trailer and trailered vehicle and was running through red lights and crosswalks near the fairgrounds, where the fair was in operation.
Greene County Deputies were dispatched to State Highway H near Highway WW after multiple reports of this vehicle being involved in crashes and fleeing the scene.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter, in the area for a traffic safety project, was the diverted to help in the hunt for the reckless driver.
The vehicle was spotted on State Highway H heading south. Deputies immediately began diverting to that area.
A deputy who was sitting along the road then had the reckless driver speed past him at a high rate of speed, and the deputy began to follow the vehicle. A second deputy near Glenstone and Farm Road 102 saw the speeding truck and deployed tire deflation devices that were unable to stop the reckless vehicle.
The first deputy tried to catch the truck before it reached Glenstone and I-44, but was unable to reach it before the truck collided with several vehicles and continued to travel south on Glenstone. The deputy broke off pursuit because of air support being able to follow the vehicle through heavy traffic.
Moments after the deputy broke off pursuit, the truck collided with another vehicle at Glenstone and Kearney. The suspect then fled the truck on foot and was apprehended by officers from both the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department.
The TV show “Live PD”, which had been with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed on air multiple fatalities. Identities of those who were killed or injured, along with the suspect’s name, have not been released to the media as of late Saturday night.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, but referred all media requests to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, who have not responded to OI by posting time of this story.