Victims were from California
SIKESTON - Authorities have identified the victims of Saturday's one-vehicle fatal accident on the Interstate near Sikeston as a couple from Caruthers, Calif. However, their names are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the accident happened at around 1:38 a.m. A witness reported the tractor trailer began to swerve doing approximately 70 mph in the northbound passing lane of Interstate 55, left the roadway onto the median and struck a sign, bursting into flames about two-tenths of a mile south of the Interstate 57 interchange.
Authorities said it is probable but not confirmed that the driver fell asleep at the wheel prior to losing control.
The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.