A 38-year old man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a Bates County vehicle wreck.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the accident at approximately 4:30 on MO-18 just north of Route Y.

According to the online crash report, a 1995 Tahoe was southbound when it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. A Hino Box Truck was traveling north when it overtook and struck the Tahoe at the crest of a hill. The box truck then overturned and both vehicles came to rest.

The driver of the Tahoe, 38-year old Lance W. Utech, of Amsterdam, MO was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body was taken to Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler.

The driver of the box truck, 60-year old Eugene W. Strange, of Butler, suffered serious injuries. Strange was taken by Lifeflight to Research Medical Hospital in Kansas City.

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