Palmyra man dies in accident on U.S. 61

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013 12:59 pm Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 1:15 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- A rural Palmyra man died on Friday morning after his pickup truck was hit by a semi on U.S. 61.

In a news release, Palmyra Police Department Chief Eddie Bogue released the victim's name as Robert Bross.

Bogue said the accident occurred at about 9:53 a.m. Friday at the intersection of E. Main Cross and U.S. 61.

According to witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene, Bogue said it appears the truck driven by Bross attempted to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. 61 from E. Main Cross St. and pulled into the path of a southbound semi tractor trailer.

The pickup truck was struck on the driver's side and the impact from the semi pushed the pickup into the median, knocking over a sign post and sign.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn, who pronounced Bross dead at the scene, said the name of the semi driver has not been released. The driver of the semi was not injured and was not ticketed, Shinn said.

The road at the time of the crash was partially snow-covered and slushy. But Bogue said how much, if any, bearing the road conditions had on the crash could not be determined. Bross was not wearing a seat belt.

Shinn said that traffic on U.S. 61 was reduced to one lane while the accident was cleaned up. The Palmyra Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

This story has been updated since its original post.