The Odessa School District issued the following statement Wednesday morning:

The Odessa R-VII School District wishes to provide their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Aaron (sic) Specker, a student at Odessa High School who was involved in an automobile accident on February 16, 2016. In respect to the student’s family, the District wishes to not comment further.

Odessa R-VII School District Administration

UPDATE (8:25 pm, 02/16/2016): The car crash that closed the intersection of Highway Z and Highway TT earlier this afternoon ended in tragedy. Aaron D. Specker, 17, an Odessa High School student, was heading westbound on Route TT at Route Z when he drove into the path of a vehicle heading northbound driven by Lisa L. Eaton of Bates City. Eaton struck the driver’s side of Specker’s vehicle, and both vehicles ran off the side of Route Z and came to rest facing South. Specker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette County Deputy Coroner. His body has been taken to Walker Nadler Funeral Home in Lexington. Eaton sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Hospital by Sni Valley EMS. Both Specker and Eaton were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

UPDATE (6:42 pm, 02/16/2016): KMZU has received word from a dispatcher with the Missouri State Highway Patrol that the intersection of Highway Z and Highway TT in Lafayette County is now open after being shut down for a few hours following a two vehicle crash. There is currently no word regarding injuries.We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you more information as details are released.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo— KMZU received multiple listener reports around 3:50 p.m. of a crash in Lafayette County near Bates City.Z and TT AX

According to a dispatcher with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the intersection of Highway Z and Highway TT is being shut-down after a two vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lane.

If you are in the area or travelling that direction, please use extreme caution as emergency personnel work to clear the scene. If an alternate route is available, it is advised to take it.

Again this is at the intersection of Highway Z and Highway TT in Lafayette County, approximately two miles south of Bates City.

KMZU will continue to monitor the situation and bring you more information as details are released.