Eighteen people have been killed and more than 50 others injured in a collision that killed one person and left others injured Wednesday afternoon in St. Gabriel’s, a suburb of St Louis.
“Eighty-five people have now died, a total of more than 250 people were injured,” St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Scott Davenport said.
“There are two victims at this point.”
Davenports said his department was also investigating the cause of the crash, which took place at a restaurant in a strip mall on the corner of St-Georges and St. Clair streets.
A witness told police the two vehicles collided head-on at about 3:30 p.m.
The woman inside the first car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man inside the second vehicle was taken to hospital in serious condition.
He was pronounced deceased at 6:35 p.met.
Davenments said there were witnesses who heard a loud thud and thought the man inside was “banging on the glass.”
The driver of the first vehicle was arrested in the second crash, and the two drivers were being questioned by police.
A second vehicle, a Mitsubishi, was also involved in the crash and remains at the intersection of St, Georges and S. Clair.
“The suspect is in custody.
There’s no word on a charge yet,” Davenons said.
Dauphin County Sheriff Mike Cline told reporters that police were still investigating the circumstances of the collision.
“We are working with law enforcement and are working to establish the cause and effect of this collision,” he said.
He also noted that the vehicle involved in Wednesday’s crash was parked in a residential street.
Cline said his investigators were “getting in touch with all the witnesses who saw what happened.”
The collision happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning and police are still gathering information.
Clines said he was unable to provide any further details about the cause.
Clues about the intersection where the collision occurred were not immediately available.
Darrow Montgomery contributed to this report.