A 37-year-old Platte City man was killed Thursday morning when the concrete-mixing truck he was driving plummeted off a bridge near Smithville, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. on Missouri Route W, about two miles east of U.S. 169. The driver, identified as Mark A. Yanits, was traveling east when the right tire blew. Yanits lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the right side of the road, crashed through a guardrail and overturned. The truck rolled down an embankment. Yanits, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene.
The highway patrol is continuing its investigation of the accident.
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