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Two Die in Fatal St. Louis Truck Accident near River City Casino


Posted on Jul 05, 2013

A St. Louis truck accident involving a tractor-trailer left two people dead on Saturday, June 15. The story is as follows:

Two men died June 15 after a two-vehicle crash near the River City Casino in south St. Louis. According to preliminary police reports, a tractor-trailer that failed to stop at a red light crashed into an SUV, killing both drivers.

St. Louis County Police say that a tractor-trailer carrying beer was traveling near the intersection of South Broadway and River City Casino Boulevard shortly after 2:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. At the same time, a white 1994 Ford Explorer was approaching the same intersection.

According to witness reports, the driver of the tractor-trailer may have been speeding and apparently ran a red light. The two vehicles crashed in the middle of the intersection.

The tractor-trailer then careened out of control, crashing through two power line poles, a fence, and a pontoon boat before finally coming to a stop. The tractor-trailer ended up on its side, with beer cans and bottles spilled all over the road.

The driver of the tractor-trailer has been identified as Lawrence Coleman, a 56-year-old man from Arnold. The driver of the SUV was identified as Matthew Barton, age 29 and a resident of Cedar Hill.

Both drivers died in the fatal St. Louis truck wreck. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Power lines in the nearby area were temporarily out due to the truck running over them. Customers at the casino were asked to exit the building through the back entrance while the debris from the crash was being cleared away.

We send our most sincere condolences to the families of the men who lost their lives.

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