Victim Identified in Fatal Highway 59 Accident

The St. Joseph Police Department has confirmed the identity of the driver that was killed Tuesday morning on Highway 59 south of St. Joseph.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 2:00 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 1:12 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department has confirmed the identity of the driver killed in Tuesday's accident on Highway 59.

Police say Jeffery Smith, 56, of Atchison, Ks. was pronounced dead at the scene just before 8 a.m. when officers responded to a report of a crash on Highway 59 at Parker Road.

According to a press release, Smith was driving a Buick Lacrosse and crossed the center line and struck a semi-truck head on. 

Highway 59 was closed for most of the morning as law enforcement investigated the scene. 

The driver of the truck, Dennis Rhodes, 45, was not injured in the accident. 

Police say the investigation is still on going.

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