Two killed in wreck early Sunday

Both drivers sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Robert Norris, 74, of Vernon, was traveling south on Route 51 when a northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval crossed the center line, hitting the truck driven by Norris head-on.

The vehicle driven by Jezek, who was identified on Monday afternoon, burst into flames.

Norris and Jezek were pronounced dead at the scene by Bowen at 4:06 a.m.

A passenger in the Norris vehicle, Shawn Norris, was taken to Fayette County Hospital, then airlifted to a St. Louis hospital.

The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the wreck, about 3 1/2 miles south of Vandalia. They extinguished the Jezek vehicle and extricated the wreck victims.

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