UPDATE: Troy driver killed in head-on crash in Ralls County

Posted: Aug. 19, 2013 10:24 pm Updated: Sep. 2, 2013 11:15 pm

UPDATE: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20:

CENTER, Mo. — A Troy driver was killed in the fiery head-on collision of a SUV and semi tractor-trailer at 6 p.m. Monday on Mo. 19, three miles north of Center.

Traffic was blocked on Mo. 19 between Hwy. H and F for reconstruction of the accident.

Joseph M. Baker, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:55 p.m. by Ralls County Coroner Denise Goodwin. The Bienhoff Funeral Home in Perry is handling initial arrangements.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Baker was traveling north on Mo. 19 when it crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2005 Peterbilt driven by Kyle L. Holder, 26, of St. Clair. Both vehicles became engulfed in flames. Holder was not injured.

Police were on the scene until 12:35 a.m. Tuesday. Assisting were the Ralls County Sheriff's Department, Ralls County Ambulance and fire departments from Center, New London and Hannibal.

This was the 13th fatal traffic this year in the 16-county area of MSHP's Troop B.

Original story posted 10:24 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19:

Emergency crews remained on scene Monday evening of what is being described as a "fatality accident" in Ralls County.

Highway 19 was shut down between Highways H and F for the investigation and reconstruction of the accident involving a sport utility vehicle and a commercial truck. Crews remained at the scene as of 9:45 p.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that there was a fatality, but it could not confirm if it was more than one.

The highway is expected to remained be closed for four or five hours.


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