Three people were seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision on the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge Thursday night. The driver of the vehicle that appears to have initiated the crash was airlifted to treatment and arrested on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Three people were seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision on the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge Thursday night. The driver of the vehicle that appears to have initiated the crash was airlifted to treatment and arrested on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Around 11:23 p.m. June 29, Justin S. Lucas, 31, of Camdenton was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer north on Highway 5 when the SUV ran off the left side of the roadway on the Niangua Bridge north of Camdenton and struck the guardrail, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicle then struck an oncoming (southbound) 2014 Jeep Wrangler head-on. The Jeep struck a northbound 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. 

Amie T. Daly, 53, of Camdenton was the driver of the Jeep. Jon M. Tucker, 47, of Camdenton was the driver of the Nissan.

Daly and a passenger in her vehicle - Diane M. Koeninger, 33, of Independence, Mo. - both suffered injuries described as serious. They were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. 

Lucas also suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. 

No one in the Nissan was listed as injured. The crash report described the Ford and Jeep as totaled and the Nissan as moderately damaged.

The report indicated Daly, Koeninger and Tucker were wearing seatbelts; Lucas was not.

According to the MSHP arrest report, Lucas was arrested at 12:20 a.m. June 30 for driving while intoxicated - serious physical injury x 2, felony possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled substance, careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, possession of paraphernalia, no seatbelt and no valid operator’s license. He was released for transport to the hospital.