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story.lead_photo.caption A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper takes measurements while investigating an accident scene. (Archive photo) Photo by News Tribune

A Climax Springs man died Wednesday night after a pickup truck struck three pedestrians on a Camden County roadway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Phillip C. Johnston, 67, was pronounced dead by the medical examiner at the scene of the 9:48 p.m. accident on Route Z just south of Coffman Bend Drive. 

Two other Climax Springs men sustained serious injuries. Sean E. Johnston, 43, and Gerald M. Beck, 49, were taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. 

Patrol Sgt. Scott White said the crash happened after Phillip Johnston pulled over along the roadway for an unknown reason. His son, Sean, was traveling in the same direction and stopped behind his father to see what the problem was. Beck, who was going in the opposite direction, also pulled over to see why the two vehicles were stopped.

As the three men were outside their vehicles, a southbound pickup truck driven by Kevin J. Manns, 55, also of Climax Springs, crested a hill and struck them. 

Also on Wednesday, a Stoutland man was seriously injured when his pickup truck ran off a Camden County road, struck an embankment, went airborne and hit two trees.

The patrol reports Thomas J. Bradshaw, 51, was flown by air ambulance to Cox Hospital in Springfield following the 11:05 a.m. crash on Route JJ west of Route T. He reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

In a separate Camden County accident on Wednesday, Kyle R. Smith, 32, of Camdenton, received minor injuries when his International Workstar truck failed to round a curve, ran off the road and slid, returned to the roadway and overturned, according to the patrol. He was wearing his seat belt at the time.

Smith was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital following the 8:20 a.m. wreck on Business Park Road east of Lower Business Park Road.

Associated Press contributed additional information from Sgt. White to this article, which has been edited to correct the order of events in the fatality accident.

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