Roger Smith Killed in Tow Truck Accident on US-136 in Gentry County, MO
Gentry County, MO — August 29, 2022, 62-year-old Roger Smith died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 136 in Gentry County.
According to reports the incident happened Monday afternoon along US-136, roughly five miles west of Albany. Preliminary investigation suggests Smith was driving a tow truck east on the highway when his front driver's-side tire failed. Smith lost control of the truck and it ran off the north side of the highway, then overturned.
Smith suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Authorities aren't sure yet whether he was wearing a seat belt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
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