Workers hauled off food products from the fully loaded Tyson Foods tractor-trailer that was involved in a head-on collision at 12:55 a.m. today at Midway on Highway 37. The fire that resulted from the crash destroyed both vehicles. The highway was closed between Monett and Midway for around eight hours. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]
A head-on crash that left one Barry County man dead closed down a portion of Highway 37 between Monett and Purdy this morning.
Billy J. Walker, 37, of Exeter, was killed when the 2000 Ford F150 pickup he was driving crossed the centerline and struck a Tyson tractor-trailer head on. Danny P. Beck, 61, of Jay, Okla., who was operating the Tyson truck, was not injured in the crash, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report.
Troopers responded to the crash at 12:55 a.m. this morning. The collision occurred three miles south of Monett at Midway where Highway 37 and Highway BB intersect.
Firemen from the Purdy Fire District this morning helped wash down the intersection at Highways 37 and BB at Midway, south of Monett, following the two-vehicle crash that left one driver dead. Trooper John Lueckenhoff from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, helped block the road during the clean-up. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]
In addition to the Highway Patrol, officers from the Purdy, Monett and Pierce City police departments and the Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash along with the Purdy and Monett fire departments and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
|The highway was still closed to traffic at 9 a.m. this morning as clean-up crews finished clearing the area of debris from the crash. ||According to individuals at the scene of the clean-up, the truck was carrying finished food products, which had to be hauled away from the crash site in dump trucks. The charred tractor and trailer were removed from the scene by a wrecker.|
The crash marks Troop D's 45th traffic fatality this year. Trooper Travis Hilburn is investigating the crash with the assistance of Patrol Sgt. B. Talik.
Front-end loaders were used to help clear debris from the scene of the crash between a pickup truck and a Tyson Foods tractor-trailer on Highway 37, three miles south of Monett. The highway was closed for around eight hours after the crash.
[Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]