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Police officers were not able to save two people from a fiery crash over the weekend.

The single-car accident happened on I-170 on Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Nicholas Nelson's car left the road, hit a median cable and sign, then flipped over and caught fire. An off-duty St. Louis County police officer and Berkley officers tried to put out the fire and rescue the occupants, but failed.

Nelson and passenger Ilana Elbert both died. 

 

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   A St. Charles Urgent Care center is closed today after a minivan crashed through the front of the building Sunday, killing the driver.  

   It happened just before 1:00 p.m. in the 2800 block of Veteran's Memorial Parkway.  

   Police say a driver may have had a heart attack before his Dodge Caravan rolled into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.  

   The 88 year old minivan driver was killed.  His 81 year old wife is hospitalized in serious condition.  The pickup driver was treated at the scene.  

   No one inside the clinic was hurt.  But the building suffered structural damage and will be closed for at least the next several days.

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   An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening.  Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.  

   The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV.  The officer's vehicle rolled several times.  

   Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries.  No one else was seriously hurt.  

   Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.  

   Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.  

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have discovered a $3.4 million theft by an employee who died in a December car accident.

School leaders told The Boston Globe an internal investigation found that for five years financial analyst Leo Villani siphoned funds from payments intended for the state Medicaid insurance program. It may be the biggest theft by a state employee in more than a decade.

Officials at the Worcester (WUS'-tur) school say Villani made $46,000 a year, but drove a Porsche, collected Salvador Dali paintings and built a large home in Uxbridge. They say he claimed he inherited money.

The school has dismissed one supervisor and disciplined several other workers in response to the theft. It also has called in an outside auditor.

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   The Jennings post office in the 9800 block of New Halls Ferry Road is closed indefinitely after a car crashed through it, injuring two women.

   It happened about 11:30 Monday morning.  The car plowed through the lobby, then crashed through an interior wall and into a work area.  It's not yet known what caused the crash. 

   Postal officials say mail that would normally go to the Jennings post office will instead be delivered to the Garden Post Office in the 8300 block of North Broadway.

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WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Three teens are dead and one injured after a convertible slammed into a deck and a tree in the St. Louis County town of Wildwood.

The accident happened Thursday night. KSDK-TV reports that county police identified the victims as sisters Kathleen and Lauren Oliver of Chesterfield.

Kathleen was 17 and her sister 18. Both were riding in the back seat of a 2013 Infinity G37S convertible that ran off Homestead Manor Drive and hit a deck on the back of a house, then went into a wooded area and hit a tree.

Eighteen-year-old Chris Lenzen, the car's driver, also died. A fourth teen from Eureka was injured but survived the wreck.

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Friday, 16 August 2013 04:32

Three dead after Wildwood crash

   Three people are dead and a fourth is injured after a convertible crashed into the deck of a Wildwood home last night.  The crash happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Homestead Manor Drive near Babler State Park.  

   Monarch Fire Protection District spokesman Roger Herin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all of the victims were in their late teens or early twenties.  Two were pronounced dead at the scene.  A third died after being airlifted to a hospital.  The fourth victim suffered minor injuries.  

   Two people who'd been sitting on the deck when it was hit were not hurt.  

   Herin says the cause of the crash isn't known, but speed may have been a factor.  

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A fatal accident shut down Eastbound I-44 on Saturday.

A man driving a pickup truck ran into an empty police car that was parked there to divert traffic after an earlier accident. The truck ricocheted into a tractor trailer. The pickup then burst into flames. 

The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.

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A search is underway for three suspects after they crashed a stolen vehicle into a north County house.

Police say the suspects were driving a stolen Cadillac sedan when they crashed into a Spanish Lake home around 9:30 this morning. The suspects ran from the scene, but police believe they know their identities. K-9 units were called in to help with the search. No one was injured in the house.

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   A Brooklyn, Illinois police officer is hospitalized in serious, but stable condition after a traffic crash.   It happened about 4:30 Sunday morning at Route 3 and Jefferson Avenue.  

   Police say a Brooklyn officer tried to stop a car, but the driver sped away and slammed head-on into another Brooklyn police car.  The 31 year old officer driving that car was ejected.

   One person in the suspect's car was seriously hurt.  

   The suspect, Melvin Fraction, is jailed in St. Clair County on $750,000 bond.  It's not clear why he tried to flee, but one of the passengers in Fraction's car was wanted on warrants in Chicago.

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