Missouri Highway Patrol investigates deadly crash on James River Freeway near Springfield

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Published: Feb. 11, 2023 at 7:58 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2023 at 10:40 AM CST
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GREENE COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - A Springfield man has died after a crash with a semi-truck Saturday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the crash happened around 4:20 a.m. when a 2011 Peterbilt semi-truck going east attempted to make a U-turn on James River Freeway, and his truck became disabled, blocking the westbound lanes when a 2018 Ford Taurus hit the passenger side of the towed unit of the semi.

The crash happened on James River near the I-44 exits.

The driver of the Taurus has been identified as 74-year-old Gary Sawyer of Springfield.

This is MSHP Troop D’s ninth fatal crash in 2023.

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