At 8:28 p.m. Sunday evening, Steve M. Lorts, age 49, from St. James, escaped injury after his northbound 2007 Ford F250 travelled across the center line on Route B, approximately 1.8 miles north of St. James.

At 8:28 p.m. Sunday evening, Steve M. Lorts, age 49, from St. James, escaped injury after his northbound 2007 Ford F250 travelled across the center line on Route B, approximately 1.8 miles north of St. James. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report, Lorts overcorrected, traveling off of the right side of the road, striking several trees. He was wearing a safety device and managed to escape injury; but the truck was totaled. Trp. B.C. Rowden was investigating for the Missouri State Highway Patrol and was assisted by Phelps County Deputy Edgar.