Fertilizer truck rolls east of Stark City blocking MO-86; Driver suffers serious injuries and flown to Joplin

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UPDATE: Information provided in the initial Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report reveals the driver is a Monett, Missouri, man. Curtis Schallert, 69, suffered serious injuries and was partially ejected as the 1994 International 4900 rolled traveling east on MO-86 at 2:00 PM Friday, April 9. He was transported via air ambulance to Joplin’s Freeman West Hostpital. “Crash occurred as [truck] travelled off the right side of roadway, overcorrected and overturned, partially ejecting the driver,” Cpl. D. Riley. The report also states the driver was not wearing a safety belt.


NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Shorty after 2:00 PM Friday reports of a fertilizer truck crash. on MO-86 just east of Mulberry Road. Initially fertilizer covered the entire road stopping traffic.

Cpl D. Riley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells us this was a single vehicle crash. The male driver was transported to Freeman West in Joplin suffering serious injuries.

The truck was traveling east on MO-86 and left the roadway about 1.3 miles east of Stark City.

The roadway was opened around 4:00 PM to one lane of traffic as the truck was removed. MoDOT Emergency Response will be on the scene continuing clean up into the early evening.

Use caution traveling in the area. The fertilizer was a granular processed fertilizer that looks like a gravel or chat. See in our photos.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH. DARKER COLORS MARK STOPPED TRAFFIC.

We will update information here on our news tab at FSHP.

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