Man seriously hurt in morning crash

Man seriously hurt in morning crash

NEW MADRID, MO (KAIT) - A Region 8 man suffered serious injuries Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash.

The crash happened at 6:45 a.m. on U.S. Highway 61, one mile north of Kewanee, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

Richard A. Smelser, 65, of Lilbourn was northbound when his 2013 GMC pickup truck traveled off the left side of the road and struck a ditch.

An ambulance took Smelser to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau with unknown serious injuries.

According to the report, he was wearing a seat belt.

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