Two former college volleyball stars and their 12-year-old daughters were killed in an eastern Missouri crash while on their way to a volleyball tournament, officials said. The head-on crash Friday morning near Lake Saint Louis killed Carrie Urton McCaw, 44, and her daughter, 12-year-old Kacey McCaw, and Lesley Drury Prather, 44, and her daughter, 12-year-old Rhyan Prather, CBS station KMOV-TV reported.
The four were on their way to a weekend club volleyball tournament in Kansas City when their minivan was hit head-on by a pickup truck on Interstate 64, investigators said. All four were from Louisville, Kentucky. Authorities said the crash happened around 11 a.m. when the eastbound pickup crossed into the westbound lanes and struck the minivan and another car.
The pickup driver suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson said. Thompson said two people in the car that was hit suffered no serious injuries.
Both schools posted tributes to the former players on social media.
CBS affiliate WLKY reported that both girls were part of the KIVA Louisville Volleyball Club, which posted on social media following the crash.
Prather joined the Louisville Metro Fire Department four years ago, the department said in a statement on Twitter.
The driver of the pickup was identified as Elijah Henderson, KMOV reported. The St. Charles County prosecutor's office confirms there is now a criminal investigation against Henderson, the station reported.
Lake St. Louis, in St. Charles County, is about 40 miles west of St. Louis.