Columbia man dies in head on collision


Travis “Gordy” Fair, 48, of Columbia, died Friday afternoon as a result of a head on collision on Hwy. 80.

Fair was operating a 2000 Saturn about eight miles east of Columbia on Hwy. 80 when he crossed the center line and hit a 2009 Ford, operated by Daryl Flatt, of Columbia.

Fair was pronounced dead at the scene by Adair County Coroner Todd Akin. Flatt and a passenger, his wife Candi Flatt, were transported to Westlake Regional Hospital where they were treated and released.

According to KSP, preliminary indications suggest Fair was possibly texting at the time of the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a contributing factor to the collision. A toxicology test is pending.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

KSP investigated and were assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Search and Rescue and the Adair County Coroner’s office.

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