CONWAY, Mo. — Five people were killed on Missouri highways in snowy weather Feb. 4; this woman wasn't one of them.
Yaneth Moose of Waynesville, Mo., was stuck in a traffic jam eastbound on Interstate 44 south of here near one of more than 650 accidents the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to that Sunday. She was returning home from a trip to Tulsa.
To pass the time on this stretch about 165 miles southwest of St. Louis, she took out her phone and started recording the scene. Her camera was focused on a white sedan that had hit the back of a tractor-trailer on the slippery road.
Then another tractor-trailer barreled into the frame, apparently unable to stop.
Moments before the second tractor-trailer hit the white sedan, a young woman hopped out of the car and fell to the ground. The woman then popped up, apparently unharmed, as her vehicle whipped around and was smashed between the two semis.
Moose said she was terrified when she saw the crash but didn't have much time to process it or learn the woman's name because an RV hit Moose's vehicle moments later.
Between 60 and 80 crashes took place in the area around the 106-mile marker of I-44, where Moose was filming, according to a highway patrol spokesman.
At least 16 tractor-trailers were involved in the crashes, which consisted of three main crash sites and a 20-car pileup, according to the highway patrol.
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