Rollover accident Thursday injures four

Friday, October 2, 2009 ~ Updated 9:58 AM

A rollover accident on Interstate 55 involving two vehicles Thursday afternoon left four people injured and the southbound lanes blocked for about 45 minutes.

According to Sgt. Kevin Orr of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the accident occurred around 2 p.m. at mile marker 95 when a 2009 Kia Rio driven by Sheila K. Mercer, 50, of Chaffee, Mo., was attempting to pull from the shoulder onto the roadway.

As the Rio was crossing from the right to the left lane, a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Lori A. Gore, 44, of East Prairie, Mo., ran into the back of the vehicle. The Rio spun around and crossed into a cable barrier. The Ram then spun and overturned.

Gore and the two passengers traveling inside the Ram were not wearing their seat belt while Mercer was wearing her seat belt. Two people involved in the accident were released from the hospital Thursday while the status of the other two people was unknown.

Mercer received a citation for allegedly moving a motor vehicle without reasonable safety.

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