Saturday I-55 crash injures three  St. Charles residents

JEFFERSON CITY — Three persons from St. Charles were hurt, one of them seriously, in a traffic crash on I-55 in Ste. Genevieve County Saturday afternoon.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 33-year-old Patrica Panzica was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis by helicopter for treatment of serious injuries. Two other occupants of a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan suffered moderate injuries: the driver, 39-year-old Blair M. Panzica, and a three-year-old girl. They were both transported to Mercy Hospital St. Louis ambulance.


The patrol says the crash happened when the northbound Grand Caravan was struck in the rear by a 2013 Ford Escape driven by 23-year-old Theodore Faust of St. Louis. After the impact the Grand Caravan ran off the roadway and overturned.  Faust was unhurt.


The crash happened about 1:47 p.m. at the 159 mile marker.


All of the occupants were buckled up.


The Grand Caravan was a total loss.