Two Pierce City residents were killed in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Highway 97 one mile north of Pierce City.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mark A. Torres, 34, and Stephanie A. Westgate, 39, died from injuries suffered in the crash, which occurred at 3 a.m.
Torres and Westgate were passengers in a vehicle that ran off the right side of the highway, struck a ditch and overturned several times. According to the Patrol report, both Torres and Westgate were ejected from the vehicle, and troopers could not determine which individual was driving.
Torres was pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence County Coroner Scott Lakin at 3:48 a.m. Westgate was pronounced dead at Freeman West Hospital at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday after being airlifted there.