AUDRAIN COUNTY, Mo. - UPDATE 12/21/16: Melissa Hodde was in critical condition Wednesday night. Stephanie Stevens has been released from the hospital.
ORIGINAL 12/20/16: Two women were flown to a Columbia hospital after their car was struck by a train in Audrain County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melissa Hodde, 46, of Vandalia was driving a Jeep Wrangler with passenger Stephanie Stevens, 37, of West Plains just after 11:00 a.m.
When Hodde reached the area of County Road 577 and Highway 54, she drove into the path of a westbound train.
Her vehicle was struck in the right front corner and both she and Stevens were ejected from the Jeep. Neither was wearing a seat belt.
Hodde and Stevens suffered serious injuries and were life-flighted to University Hospital.