It was a deadly holiday weekend on Missouri roadways.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says seven people died over Labor Day weekend, including two in St. Louis. Two deaths in the metro area were motorcyclists in town for the Ride of the Century, including Michael Evans. Evans was attempting to pass a car stopped at a light when he clipped the side-view mirror and ran into a pole.
Troopers investigated 248 crashes that resulted in the deaths and 112 injuries. A bright spot, the number of drunk-driving arrests was down from last year--119 this year, 147 in 2012.
A total of six deaths on Missouri roads and waterways this holiday weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says five people died in the more than 270 accidents from Friday night through Monday. There were also 129 arrests for drunken driving.
On the waterways, one man died at Upper Big Lake, just east of Sikeston. Troopers say 64-year-old Oscar Shannon fell overboard and drowned while tying his boat to a tree--he was not wearing a life jacket.
The six deaths represent a decrease from the nine fatalities investigated on roadways over the holiday weekend in 2012.
Several accident forced Illinois officials to close the eastbound span of the Jefferson Barracks Wednesday evening. Several cars had slid into the guard rail.
Missouri State troopers closed a portion of Highway 21 in Jefferson County after slick roads caused a multi-vehicle accident along 21 near Schenk Road.
Also, Highway 61 was closed at Wilson Road, about 10 miles north Troy, Missouri after several vehicles slid off the road, some overturning.
The National Weather Services issued a special weather statement Wednesday evening advising drivers to use extra caution, especially on bridges and untreated roadways.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the car ended up several feet inside the business, called Going Bonkers, after hitting a front wall around 10:20 a.m. Friday.
Columbia schools were closed Friday, and officials said about 100 children were inside Going Bonkers. The business has a large indoor playground, arcade and other attractions.
Police were investigating the cause of the crash but say the driver may have had a medical emergency. She and a boy in the car with her were both unhurt.a