NEW MADRID -- An East Prairie woman sustained fatal injuries in a three-vehicle accident Friday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 11:15 a.m., on U.S. 61 in New Madrid County, a southbound vehicle driven by Kenneth J. Grimmett, 18, of Birch Tree, struck the rear of the southbound vehicle driven by John N. Hale, 25, of New Madrid. The impact caused Hale's vehicle to travel into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Joseph E. Lewis, 46, of New Madrid. Lewis' vehicle then struck Hale's vehicle, which came to a rest in the ditch.
Both Hale and his passenger, Susan J. Higgins, 52, received serious injuries and were taken by ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, where Higgins was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m.
Obituary information will appear in Monday's edition of the Standard Democrat.