Head-on crash on Route N northwest of Downing results in one fatality and one serious injury

Fatal Crash News Graphic
Share To Your Social Network

A head-on collision on Route N, three miles northwest of Downing, resulted in one fatality and one serious injury on November 16, 2023, at 1:05 p.m.

Galen G. Zimmerman, a 19-year-old man from Memphis, Missouri, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet 3500 northbound when he collided head-on with a southbound 2007 Ford E350 van, driven by Ronald R. Craver, a 63-year-old man from Bloomfield, Iowa.

Zimmerman, who was wearing his seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the University of Missouri Hospital by MU 4 Lifeflight. The Chevrolet he was driving was damaged and had to be towed from the scene by Lakeside Towing and Recovery.

Craver, unfortunately, did not survive the impact. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. His death was pronounced at the scene by Schuyler County Coroner McNabb. The Ford E350 van he was driving also suffered total damage and was towed by Lakeside Towing and Recovery.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the Chevrolet crossed the center of the roadway, leading to a head-on collision. 

Assistance at the scene was provided by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Fire Department, Downing Fire Department, Scotland County Ambulance, and Schuyler County Ambulance.

Share To Your Social Network
Digital Correspondent


This article was written by our Digital Correspondent, or the Artificial Intelligence engine Chat GPT (https://openai.com/). We provide all of the pertinent information related to the articile we want, such as a news release or information provided by one of the KTTN/KGOZ staff, and the AI engine then writes the article from a prompt. If the information is provided by a news release, credit is generally given to the person, entity or organization that provided the news release. The final article is then examined by a real person and edited to fit our format for either the KTTN website or for broadcast on one of, or all three of our stations.