Farm kid fatality

Emergency workers hurry to free the surviving passenger still inside the crunched cab of the International big rig

The helicopter from Mercy Hospital lands in a field very near the wreck location.

After coming out of a corner on UU highway approximately an eighth of a mile north of Highway 96, the above tractor trailer veered off the road and completely flipped over on its top, killing its 16-year-old driver Kaleb Kingsley and spilling its load of corn. Crews were able to rescue the surviving passenger.

The 14-year-old passenger is rolled away by emergency personnel to a waiting helicopter before being flown to a nearby hospital. (Photos by Ryan Squibb)

Crash claims teenaged driver on UU highway
Tragedy struck western Lawrence County last Wednesday morning, when a southbound tractor-trailer loaded with corn, veered right off UU Highway and flipped on its top, killing its 16-year-old driver Kaleb Kinglsey and injuring its 14-year-old passenger.
Several emergency personnel rushed to the crash site to help extricate the boys from the wrecked cab of the 2012 International. Although Kingsley was pronounced dead at the scene, the passenger was removed successfully and flown away in a Mercy helicopter, with moderate injuries.
Neither Kinglsey nor his passenger were wearing a seatbelt according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash report.
Missouri Highway Patrol Master Sergeant Steve Jones said the agricultural exemption that applies to this situation still required the driver to be 18 years old to legally operate the vehicle.


Lawrence County Record

312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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