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BATES COUNTY, Mo. – A truck driver from Braymer escaped without injury during a fatal crash in Bates County Friday morning.

The online crash report from the Missouri Highway Patrol says Timothy Chambers, 62, was southbound on Interstate 49 near the 134 mile marker when a truck in the Northbound lane had a blow out in a left front drive tire and lost control. The truck driven by Ricky Robertson, 31, of Carthage, crossed the median and hit the drivers side of Chambers truck. Robertson was flown to Research Hospital with serious injuries.

A passenger in Robertson’s truck, Nicholas R. Zerpa, 39, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died in the crash.