Charges are pending against a 27-year-old driver who apparently on Wednesday caused the crash of a Blue Springs family of five.

Charges are pending against a 27-year-old driver who apparently on Wednesday caused the crash of a Blue Springs family of five.

The accident happened at 1:15 p.m. on Interstate 70 near Odessa.

Kenneth E. Dusch was driving a Chevrolet Suburban going east on I-70 when a Toyota Camry, driven by Erik A. Myhill, collided with the back of a boat trailer the Suburban was pulling, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The impact caused the SUV to overturn and end up in the median. The boat trailer detached after the collision and ended up on the south side of the highway.

Inside the Suburban were Kenneth Dusch, the father, 42, and passengers Theresa Y. Dusch, 41, Samuel W. Dusch, 11, Lily A. Dusch, 9, and Jackson E. Dusch, 15. All are from Blue Springs.

Theresa suffered serious injuries. Samuel had moderate injuries and Lily and Jackson suffered minor injuries, according to MHP.

Everyone except Theresa was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center. Theresa was air lifted to St. Luke’s hospital.

The family wore seat belts.

Meanwhile, Myhill fled the scene of the accident only to be stopped by Grain Valley police a short time later on BB highway. He was taken into custody.

Myhill was not injured. Charges against Myhill have not been announced.
 

OTHE ACCIDENTS
Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year and the Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers fanned out across Jackson County highways to ensure safety of motorists. Mostly, however, they were responding to numerous accidents.

In Jackson County, troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 470 about two miles south of Woods Chapel Road in Lee’s Summit.

Scott E. Coons, 48, of Lee’s Summit, lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet S-10 truck and ran into the median cables, according to police reports. He suffered minor injuries.

Two accidents happened in Lafayette County, including one involving a Blue Springs family on Interstate 70. The other happened at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday on I-70. Kristin M. Penn, 22, Columbia, suffered moderate  injuries when her 2007 Honda ran off the left side of the highway and overturned. She was driving west.