MoDOT vehicle struck by tractor-trailer in fatal crash; Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Team summoned to Baseline Blvd in Tri-Cities Fire District; Baseline closed for hours CR 250-255

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JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Thursday afternoon Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a rollover crash at 3:12 p.m. involving a semi and a MoDOT dump truck on Baseline Blvd near County Road 255. 

METS ambulance and Tri-Cities Fire District responded as well as as Asbury Fire & Rescue. It’s on the jurisdiction line of the districts. Jasper Fire responded as mutual aid. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D was notified. 

“Baseline Blvd will be shut down between County Road 250 and 255 for several hours.” Tri-Cities Fire to JasCo Dispatch

MSGT B.D. Helms tell us on the scene this is a fatal crash. The driver of the semi died in the crash. The Jasper County coroner has claimed the body.

The tractor-trailer was traveling west on Baseline approaching County Road 255. The driver of the MoDOT dump truck, eastbound, was part of trucks moving slowly together treating the ditch with a spray. The MoDOT truck was going about “8 mph” we are told.

The 2015 Freightliner Cascadia tractor-trailer was being driven by Bryan Crow, 54, of Wichita, Kansas. He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The MoDOT truck, 2008 International, was being operated by James Lawrence, 52, of Alba, Missouri, was not injured in the crash.

“Next of kin notified. Crash occurred as [Freightliner] travelled off of the right side of the roadway, over corrected, overturned, and struck [International]. Crow was pronounced by Deputy Jasper County Coroner Bob Wentworth on the scene at 1534 hours.” MSHP Investigators

S&S Towing of Jasper will remove the tractor-trailer which is fully loaded with carpet. The removal will take hours, until after dark. M&M Wrecker will remove the MoDOT dump truck from the roadway. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Team of Troop D arrived around 4:30 p.m. to map the crash. 

We will update this story here with more information as it is released by authorities. Click here to save our news tab as a bookmark on your phone or digital device. 

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