SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A rural Kelso man died in a crash on Interstate 55 Thursday night just north of Scott City.
Both lanes of northbound I-55 were shut down for about three hours after the crash at the 90.6 mile marker.
Bernard A. Heisserer, 83, of rural Kelso died in the crash, according to Scott County Coroner Scott Amick.
Sgt. Marberry with the Scott City Police Department says dispatch received a call just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday night of a vehicle driving the opposite direction on I-55 north.
Not long after, that vehicle collided with an SUV headed northbound.
The SUV flipped over the guard rail into a ditch between I-55 and East Outer Road and caught on fire.
Marberry reports two people were inside the SUV. They are from Texas.
The passenger was ejected.
The driver was initially trapped in the SUV but was able to pull himself out the burning vehicle.
Marberry said he helped to drag the driver away from the flames.
The driver was airlifted from the scene to a St. Louis hospital.
The passenger was transported to a local hospital and later airlift.
Heisserer, the driver of the vehicle traveling the wrong direction, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marberry reports one of the people in the SUV had to be airlifted to St. Louis. Another victim was taken to local hospital.