An 18-year-old man is dead after he drove his car east into Chesterfield Valley from St. Charles on the wrong side of Highway 40/64, sideswiped a Greyhound Bus and then struck head-on another passenger car.
Chesterfield police were to release the names of the victims Monday.
UPDATE: Police named Nicholas J. Watson, 18, of St. Peters, as the fatality.
The driver of the second car was injured, police said. She was hospitalized at Mercy.
UPDATE: Police named Mary Radcliffe, 57, of O'Fallon as the driver of the second car. Her injuries were serious, but not thought to be life-threatening.
The Greyhound driver and another bus passenger were injured in the first collision. Both men were treated at Mercy and released, police said.
UPDATE: Andrew L. J. Williams, 52, of Kansas City, KS (bus driver)
UPDATE: Jefferson Scott, 27, unknown address in MO (bus passenger No. 14)
The crash was at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, spokesman Capt. Steve Lewis told Chesterfield Patch. The highway was closed for four hours afterward, police said.
There were about 20 passengers on the Greyhound bus. The bus was disabled by a flat tire and waited two hours for a replacement.
Lewis said Chesterfield police had a heads-up from St. Charles County that there was a wrong-way car eastbound in the westbound lanes.
The 18-year-old's fatal ride ended in front of Chesterfield's Parks and Recreation administration building—at the ball fields/sports complex—about a mile
There were some indications the teen got onto the wrong side of the highway as far out as Wing Haven.
Police said they were investigating a possible explanation for why Watson got going the wrong way on the highway. Any blood-content tests would take weeks for results, they said.
Neither car make nor model was recognizable at the crash site, police said.