ANDREW COUNTY, MO – The driver of a freightliner was seriously injured during a two vehicle accident this afternoon on 71 Highway.

State troopers say the incident occurred as a southbound freightliner driven by Michael Letze, 43, of Independence, attempted to merge from the passing lane, and struck the driver’s side door of a passenger vehicle in the driving lane, just south of Route B in Andrew County. The truck lost control and overturned in the median.

Letze was transported to Mosaic Life Care for treatment of serious injuries. A passenger from the other vehicle sought treatment of minor injuries.