COOPER COUNTY, Mo.—A Smithton man is dead following a fatal collision in Cooper County Friday morning.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F, at a little after 3 o’clock Friday morning, a Hyundai driven by 46-year-old Aaron T. Poindexter of Troy, struck the rear of a Volvo driven by 35-year-old Kelvin F. Shepard of Wichita, Kansas. Poindexter’s vehicle then crossed the median of the eastbound lanes of I-70 and overturned. After towing of Poindexter’s vehicle was complete a Kenworth, driven by 65-year-old Dale J. Jorgenson of Smithton, collided with the towed Hyundai. Jorgenson’s vehicle exploded upon impact. Jorgenson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cooper County Deputy Coroner.

Poindexter and Shepard both received minor injuries and were taken by Cooper County Ambulance to Pinnacle Regional Hospital.