UPDATE 9:07 P.M.: The Springfield Police Department has released the name of the man killed in this morning’s crash at the intersection of Sunshine Street and James River Freeway.
A release from SPD says 88-year-old Sterling Garton was heading east on Sunshine Street when he failed to stop at a red light.
A driver on the off-ramp was preparing to turn left and head west on Sunshine Street and had a green light. That driver hit Garton’s pickup truck and caused it to go through the median and into the westbound lanes of Sunshine.
Garton’s truck then hit a flatbed trailer that was stopped at the westbound stoplight.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A crash on West Sunshine Street and James River Freeway has closed the intersection.
Traffic heading towards Republic is being diverted onto Sunshine Street as crews work to clear the accident and investigate the nature of the crash, according to the Springfield Police Department.
According to SPD, three vehicles were involved and one person was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. That person was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police said a truck was traveling eastbound while a car turned left towards Republic. The truck hit the car and crossed the center median, hitting the back of a trailer.
SPD said no one else was injured in the crash.