Man dies in hospital following morning crash

Man dies in hospital following morning crash

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A Poplar Bluff man thrown from a truck died in the hospital Wednesday.

According to a crash report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melanie Hobbs, 23, of Poplar Bluff, was driving west on Route M in Butler County around 10:30 a.m.

When Hobbs got about two miles west of U.S. Highway 67 her Dodge Ram ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned.

Gary Stage, 23, was riding in the car when the accident happened.

Stage died at a Poplar Bluff hospital, according to MSHP. Hobbs received moderate injuries and was taken to the same hospital.

The crash report states Hobbs and Stage were not wearing seat belts.

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