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A pickup sits overturned as emergency responders work the scene of a fatality crash Friday on South Belt Highway. The other vehicle's driver was killed after the truck's driver crashed into her head-on. No identities have been confirmed by St. Joseph police.

Two people were hospitalized, one with serious injuries, after a crash at 7:15 a.m. on Interstate-29 at St. Joseph city limits.

Gabriela Mauricio, 20, St. Joseph, was merging onto I-29 from U.S. Highway-36 in a Lincoln Mark when she lost control on the frost-covered road and the car turned perpendicular to traffic.

Richard Jindra, 60, Boise, Idaho, swerved in a Peterbilt semi to avoid the Lincoln but instead skidded and crashed into the car’s front end, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports.

The Lincoln spun around and crashed into Zacharia Smith, 26, St. Joseph, driving a Chevrolet Equinox, according to crash reports, which then collided with the semi’s trailer, sending the SUV into a bridge rail.

Smith was taken to Mosaic Life Care for serious injuries and Mauricio for moderate injuries.

Smith was not wearing a seat belt at the time, according to crash reports.

Alex Simone can be reached at alex.simone@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter at @np_simone.

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