Crash on newly opened highway

from the scene at Hwy 6 and 63- taken by KTVO Reporter Megan Wise

UPDATE: Just over two hours after Kirksville TMs new Alternate Route 63 opened, the first crash happened on the highway.

The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, causing delays on the newly opened roadway.

The impact happened at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 63.

The Kirksville Police Department told KTVO that a pickup truck driven by Chuck Baker, 72, of Brashear was travelling west on Highway 6 and attempted to cross the new highway when he pulled into the path of an oncoming SUV pulling a camper-trailer north on 63.

Police said the SUV was driven by a Christoper Fulton, 52, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He and his passenger, Johnnie Fulton, 57, both escaped injuries.

Baker's passenger was his son, Brock Baker, 39, of Brashear.

Both of the Bakers were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center with what police describe as "probable but not apparent" injuries.

Chuck Baker was issued a citation for failure to yield the right-of-way at a "Stop" intersection.

The new highway was blocked for two-and-a-half hours while the wreckage was cleared.


A traffic crash just after 1 p.m. Wednesday causes delays on the newly opened Alternate Route 63.

The crash happened at the intersection of Missouri Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 63.

A witness tells KTVO that a pick up truck traveling west on Highway 6 was attempting to cross Alternate Route 63 traveling towards Kirksville when it pulled into the path of an SUV pulling a camper trailer heading north on 63.The witness states that the pick up truck had stopped at the stop sign and then attempted to pass through the intersection.Two Adair County ambulances were sent to the scene.No names have been released at this time.Alternate Route 63 opens Wednesday morning