One man died and another was seriously injured in a crash in the 1500 block of eastbound US Highway 50 Thursday afternoon.
A dump truck driven by 37-year-old Stephen Berhorst crossed the lane line, hitting the passenger side of a tractor trailer driven by Alan Spaulding. Berhorst lost control and spun. then slid down an embankment and turned on its side before coming to rest against some trees, according to the Jefferson City Police Department.
Spaulding's tractor trailer went through a guard rail on eastbound Highway 50, going down a hill and crossing over Elm Street before crashing into a rock bluff. The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Spaulding's nephew, Dale Spaulding, shared this with us: "My uncle, father's brother, 8 years older than me, my hero. Husband to his wife since they were 16. I've known him all my life and he was coming to my house here in Kansas tomorrow for the weekend. I spoke with him on the phone today from 1:50pm until 2:05pm. Reports say the accident happened 33minutes later. He was dedicated to his job and raising his family. He will be missed and remembered by ALL of his family and friends."
Berhorst refused medical treatment at the scene, but was taken to St. Maryâ??s Hospital by personal vehicle before later being transported to University Hospital.
One eastbound lane remained closed between Clark Avenue and Eastland Drive for several hours while the investigation was underway.
Calls about the crash started being received at about 2:30 p.m. Several agencies responded to the scene, which was in front of the headquarters for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Travis Binkley took photos of the scene and shared a couple on the
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"I heard it happen, I thought it was thunder outside," he said.
provided canteen services to emergency responders.