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Fatal crash

UPDATED at 9:33 p.m. with new details, identity of victim

CHESTERFIELD • A Wildwood woman died in a four-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Highway 40 east of Clarkson Road, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

Laura L. Dunn, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes, snarling traffic on the highway into the night.

The crash occurred when Dunn's Hyundai Elantra was rear-ended by another car, pushing it into the path of a tractor-trailer, the highway patrol said. The collision with the truck sent Dunn's car into a minivan, and then into a ditch.

None of the other drivers were seriously hurt, according to the highway patrol. All of the drivers involved were wearing their seat belts.

All but one westbound lane of the highway was shut down for two hours after the crash, and congestion continued throughout the evening rush hour as police continued to work at the scene.

​Patrick M. O'Connell covers crime and breaking news for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.