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Fiery crash kills 23-year-old New Bloomfield man, two others in serious condition

A 23-year-old man died in a head-on collision Saturday at approximately 12:50 p.m. in Callaway County.(Tommy Sladek/ KRCG 13)

The Highway Patrol said 23-year-old Ryan Kirk of New Bloomfield died in a head-on collision Saturday at approximately 12:50 p.m. in Callaway County.

Troopers said Kirk was traveling westbound in a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado on Route Y near County Road 365 when he struck head on with a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Both vehicles became fully engulfed in flames.


Kirk's vehicle came to rest partially off the roadway, while the truck stopped in the westbound lane, blocking traffic. The road was shut down for most of the afternoon Saturday.

The driver of the truck 28-year-old Ross Arntzen and a 7-year-old boy, both of New Bloomfield, were seriously injured in the crash.

Arntzen and the 7-year-old were taken by ambulance to University Hospital with serious injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts according to the crash report.

Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if he was wearing a seatbelt.

This is Troop F's fifth fatality for December and their 57th for 2017.


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