BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- Two Laddonia residents were killed and a third person injured at 2:15 p.m. Sunday when a tractor-trailer and SUV collided on U.S. 54 at Route U.
William E. Stafford, 67, and his passenger, Nancy E. Stafford, 62, were pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jim Turner at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green is handling the initial arrangements.
Injured was the truck driver, Ibrahim Bourakba, 32, of Baton Logue, La., who was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur for treatment.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the eastbound 2010 Volvo tractor attempted to avoid collision with an unknown vehicle and traveled across the centerline into the westbound lanes of U.S. 54. Stafford was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer west and attempted to avoid the collision with the oncoming semi and traveled off the right side of the highway. The right front of the semi struck the front left of the SUV. All three were wearing a seat belt.
Seven troopers were dispatched to the scene.