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Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies one in Moniteau fatal crash



The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified one person in a fatal wreck that occurred Monday night in Moniteau County.

According to the crash report, a 2009 Chevy HHR crossed Highway 50 east of Springer Hill Road and hit a 2006 Kenworth T800 truck.

Troopers have not identified the driver of the HHR, however, a passenger, Bobby Hirt, 41, of Boonville died at the scene.

The driver of the Kenworth, Tony Smith, 64, of Holts Summit was reported to have serious injuries. He was taken to St. Mary's SSM Hospital for treatment.

Workers in area businesses said they saw and heard the rush of emergency crews responding to the scene.

The California Fire Department says they arrived on scene to both cars engulfed in fire. They extinguished the cars and waited for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to arrived.

Truck driver, Jeremy Feltrop was driving through the area when the crash happened. He says the women in the car in front him saw the S-U-V hydroplane.

"There was impact, the explosion was really fast, so I mean where she didn't think the person in the dump truck got out.' Feltrop said.

Feltrop says he has never seen a crash like that before.

"Pretty nerve racking, I guess, I mean a lot of explosions popping."

MoDot crews had the area near Highway 50 and Springer Hill Rd. block off for hours Monday night.

According to the MoDot travelers map the area re-opened at about 12:45 this morning.

This is Troop F's fourth and fifth fatalities for May and 29th and 30th of 2022.

Karl Wehmhoener


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