According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in the southbound lane of Highway 5, just South of Smith Street in Cooper County shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning. Apparently a northbound vehicle driven by Adam Lixey, 18, of Boonville crossed the center of the road and struck a freightliner driven by Nathaniel Brown, 33, of New Franklin. Both vehicles then ran off the right side of the road, where the lixey vehicle struck a sign.
Lixey received moderate injuries and was transported to Boone Hospital in Columbia. Lixey’s passenger, Jaylen Butner, 15, of Boonville was flown to University Hospital in serious condition.