According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 11:16 a.m. Wednesday, 18-year-old Kendell R. Delp was driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup west and 18-year-old Landon K. Smith was driving a 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup east on US 59 about three miles west of Savannah. Delp’s vehicle crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road. Smith’s vehicle went off the right side of the road in an attempt to avoid Delp’s vehicle. The front of Delp’s vehicle hit the front of Smith’s vehicle head-on.
Delp and Smith were pronounced deceased at the scene at 11:35 a.m. by Andrew County Coroner Doug Johnson. Smith’s 12-year-old brother was a passenger in the vehicle and was transported to Mosaic Life Care and then transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries.
According to the crash report, all occupants were wearing seat belts.