One Killed and Two Airlifted In Head-On Crash

Pictured above is the black Pontiac Grand AM that caused this morning's deadly crash.

Gerald, Mo. - Earlier this morning at 1:50 a.m. four ambulances, two helicopters, and three fire departments responded for a head-on crash that left one killed and three seriously injured.

After Gerald Fire and EMS crews along with Beaufort/Leslie Fire arrived on the scene, approximately three tenths of a mile east of the Gerald City Limits on Highway 50,  two helicopters and two additional ambulances, New Haven and Owensville, were also dispatched.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Brandon Janssen, 25-years-old, was killed Sunday morning after he crossed the center line, hitting a Pontiac G6 head-on, leaving the driver and one passenger with serious injuries.

There were a total of four occupants in the Pontiac G6 including the driver 23-year-old Daren Gamblin and 23-year-old Casey Gamblin, who were both airlifted to Mercy Medial Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. after firefighters spent nearly 40 minutes extricating both victims.

New Haven EMS transported the two other passengers, 25-year-old David Chermerhorn and a infant to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo with minor to moderate injuries.  All four patients were from Eldon, Mo.

Ignacio Serna, 26-years-old, of Fulton, Mo., was the only passenger with Janssen and was transported by Gerald EMS to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries, according to the MSHP.

Highway 50 between Highway Y and Old Highway 50 was shutdown for nearly seven hours while the MSHP crash reconstruction team worked, attempting to determine the exact cause of this morning's crash.

Two of the three seriously injured along with Janssen, who was ejected, were not wearing a seatbelt.

The condition of both patients that were airlifted is unknown at this time.


Update: 12:01 p.m. - The MSHP reconstruction team returned to the scene after daylight.

We also learned that some newer module vehicles are equipped with a "black box", similar to what are in air planes, which records the approximate speed the vehicle, when the driver began his their breaks, etc.

Due to the severity of the accident it is impossible to predict when an official crash report will be released.  We will keep you updated once more information is released.

Update: 8:40 a.m.: According to the MoDot Highway 50 is reopened

BREAKING NEWS: 5 a.m.

Gerald, Mo. - Highway 50 between Highway Y and Old Highway 50 has been shutdown after a two vehicle accident occurred earlier this morning at approximately 1:55 a.m., three tenths of a mile east of the Gerald City Limits.

According to MoDot, Highway 50 is expected to remain closed until 8 a.m. while the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Team determine the cause of this morning's serious accident.

The only information we have at this time is two patients were airlifted from the scene and at least three were transported to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo.

We expect more information later today once the MSHP completes their investigation.