UPDATE: New Details Revealed and Truckers Identified in Fatal 3-Semi Crash
Cooper County, MO – Authorities have released the identities of the three truckers involved in the fiery fatal crash along I-70 early Friday morning.
According to investigators, the crash occurred at 3:20 a.m. near the 98-mile marker of westbound I-70, about seven miles west of Boonville.
A tractor-trailer operating eastbound along I-70 rear-ended a second big rig sending it out of control across the center divider and into the westbound lanes, according to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
Dale J. Jorgenson, 65, of Smithton, was operating a tractor-trailer in the westbound lanes and was unable to avoid the crossover semi.
MSHP said the two big rigs collided and Jorgenson’s truck exploded on impact.
He was confirmed dead on the scene, according to officials.
MSHP said the tractor-trailer first struck in the rear was hauling 39,000 pounds of pork.
The impact of the crash caused much of the load to be spilled out onto the roadway, investigators said.
The other two drivers were identified as Aaron T. Poindexter, 46, of Troy, and Kelvin F. Shepard, 35, of Wichita, Kansas.
Both suffered only minor injuries, officials said.
The crash is still under investigation.
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To see read our original report and see more from the scene click HERE.
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