Highway E Head-On Crashed Caused From Driving Too Fast

Photos courtesy of Bryan Bradley

New Haven, Mo. - Approximately 15 minutes after fire crews were dispatched to the fatal head-on crash on Highway 100, (click here to read story) a second head-on crash occurred on Highway E, seven miles south of New Haven, near Big Branch Road.

New Haven/Berger Fire and Gerald/Rosebud Fire Departments along with Gerald and Union EMS responded to the head-on crash on Highway E at 12:15 p.m. after 19-year-old Brandon Gerlemann of New Haven “was traveling too fast for road conditions” causing Friday afternoon’s accident, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. (MSHP)

The MSHP says that Gerlemann was traveling eastbound on Highway E when he lost control and crossed over into the westbound lane, hitting 61-year-old Diana Praul of Hermann, Mo head-on, causing her to sustain serious injuries.

Both Gerlemann and 18-year-old Marissa Cochran of Rosebud, Mo who was riding with Gerlemann were not wearing a seat belt and also sustained serious injuries.

Gerald EMS transported Gerlemann and Cochran to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo.

Praul, who was wearing a seat belt was also transported to Washington by Union EMS.

Saturday morning Trooper Juston Wheetley released a statement saying that in the past 24 hours 8 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes.