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Wrong-way driver dies in Franklin County crash

Wrong-way driver dies in Franklin County crash

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FRANKLIN COUNTY — A man driving the wrong way on a Franklin County highway died Wednesday in a head-on crash, authorities said. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol said 29-year-old Lance V. Lamkin of Union, Missouri, died at the crash site, at 7954 Highway YY. 

Police said Lamkin had been driving east in the westbound lanes of Highway YY. About 9:40 a.m., his 2013 Volkswagen Passat hit an oncoming vehicle head-on.

The vehicle he collided with was a 1994 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep's driver, 20-year-old Gregory Kruse of New Haven, Missouri, suffered serious injuries, the patrol said.

Both vehicles ran off the road. Kruse was wearing a seat belt and Lamkin was not, police said. Lamkin died at the scene.

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