An Independence man was killed Sunday in a crash involving a Cabool trailer-truck driver.

A Cabool man was involved in a Shannon County accident on Sunday that killed an Independence man, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Trailer-truck driver Jimmie L. Hale, 69, failed to maintain a single lane, crossed the driving lane on U.S. 60 east of Winona and struck a 2008 Kia operated by Melody A. Smith, 44, Independence. Troopers said both westbound vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway, and the trailer-truck unit overturned on its top.

Hale and Smith were taken by ambulance to St. John’s in Springfield. Steve F. Smith, 38. a passenger in the Kia, was pronounced dead at the scene.


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