Fatal collision mars holiday weekend

The driver of the pickup in the foreground died after crossing the center line and striking the poultry transport truck head-on on Highway 50 on the hill just west of Stockhaven Road. The highway was closed for several hours while the site was cleaned up and th accident investigated. The driver of the semi sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup in the foreground died after crossing the center line and striking the poultry transport truck head-on on Highway 50 on the hill just west of Stockhaven Road. The highway was closed for several hours while the site was cleaned up and th accident investigated. The driver of the semi sustained minor injuries. Photo by David Wilson.

Highway 50 was blocked for several hours in the aftermath of a fatal collision on Memorial Day.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the collision occurred about 6 p.m. one mile west of Highway 87 when a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, driven westbound by Mason Kyle L. Cunningham, Warrensburg, crossed the center line striking head-on a 2006 International tractor trailer, driven eastbound by Anthony L. Seymore, California, and loaded with live turkeys.

The tractor part of the tractor trailer unit caught fire and burned. The trailer was damaged in the fire.

Cunningham was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. Seymore sustained minor injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were reported to have been wearing seat belts.

Injuries also resulted in two other Memorial Day collisions in Moniteau County.

According to a Highway Patrol report, at about 1:15 p.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, driven northbound by Scott D. Bolinger, California, attempted to cross Highway 50 at Flag Spring Road and was struck in the drivers side by a 1997 Ford F250, driven eastbound by Juanita Crawford, Clarksburg. Both drivers were transported to Capital Region Medical Center by ambulance. Bolinger sustained moderate injuries and Crawford sustained serious injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were reported to have been wearing seat belts.

According to a Highway Patrol report, at about 4:20 p.m., a 2006 Toyota Corolla, driven eastbound by Dennis J. Imhoff, California, pulled from a private drive about three-tenths of a mile south of Byler Road into the path of a 2012 Ford Escape, driven southbound on Highway D by Judith L. Manuel, Jamestown.

Manuel was transported to University Hospital, Columbia, by ambulance with minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage. Both drivers were reported to have been wearing seat belts.

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