MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Two people died in a wrong-way crash near Mount Vernon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

The crash happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 44 when a pickup truck traveling east in the westbound lanes hit a box truck head-on, Springfield television station KYTV reported.

The driver of the pickup, 67-year-old David Galer, and his passenger, 46-year-old Joanne Merritt, died in the crash, officials said. Both Galer and Merritt were from Pierce City, the patrol said. The driver of the box truck was not injured.

The patrol said the crash closed one westbound lane of I-44 for several hours Wednesday.

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