Editor’s note: This article has been updated from its original state Thursday morning to include information from the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report.
A Smith-Cotton High School senior died in a two-vehicle accident early Thursday morning in Morgan County.
The student, Alex M. Carr, 18, was killed in a collision on U.S. Highway 50 in Morgan County on the Lamine River Bridge.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at 6:15 a.m. Carr was driving east on U.S. Highway 50 on the Lamine River Bridge as a semi-truck driven by Joseph E. Wells, 40, of Green Ridge, was traveling west. Carr’s vehicle crossed the center of the road and struck Well’s vehicle head-on.
Carr was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:35 a.m.
Wells, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
It is unknown if Carr was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
MSHP was assisted by troopers from the Troop A Crash Investigation Unit and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.
The Missouri Department of Transportation issued an alert just before 8 a.m. Thursday stating the Highway Patrol closed Highway 50 west of Syracuse due to a vehicle collision near the Lamine River Bridge. The road was expected to remain closed until midday.
At noon Thursday, Troop F Public Information Officer Sgt. Scott White said the Patrol’s Crash Investigation Unit was still looking over the involved vehicles, which were removed from the scene and taken to a towing company in Sedalia.
“Throughout his high school years Alex was involved in many activities from athletic programs to JROTC,” Smith-Cotton Principal Wade Norton said. “He had the ability to put a smile on the students’ and staff’s faces and he is someone we simply won’t forget.”
The Sedalia School District 200 issued the following statement Thursday morning regarding the accident:
“It is with great sadness that we report Smith-Cotton High School senior Alex Carr, 18, has passed away after an auto accident on U.S. Highway 50. The entire Sedalia 200 community extends our sincere condolences to his family and friends. District counselors will be available at the high school today.
“For parents who are helping their children cope with the grieving process, these suggestions from the National Association of School Psychologists may prove useful:
Carr is the son of Amy and Tim Carr. Amy Carr serves as the Coordinator of the practical nursing program at State Fair Community College and Tim Carr is a Pettis County Juvenile Officer.
Specific information regarding funeral arrangements was not available at press time. Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.