Man dies in ATV wreck

Friday, July 12, 2019

Vehicles collide on Hwy. 86

A man died on Wednesday following a wreck at 3 p.m. at 34312 Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jamie Merchant, 44, of Berryville, Ark., was driving a 2017 Jeep Cherokee eastbound and attempted to make a left turn. Dylan Welker, 21, of Eagle Rock, driving a Yamaha 450R, was westbound and struck the front of Merchantís vehicle, causing him to be ejected from the ATV.

Welker was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Deputy Coroner Gary Swearingen at 3:40 p.m. Merchant was not injured.

Merchant was wearing a safety device, and Welker was not. The ATV was totaled, and the Jeep sustained moderate damage.

This is the 49th fatal wreck of the year for Troop D of the Patrol, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, including Barry.

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