(Center, Mo)—A portion of Highway 19 between New London and Center closed for several hours last night after a fiery fatality accident.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the 6 p.m. accident happened 3 miles north of Center when a northbound SUV driven by 44 year-old Joseph Baker of Troy crossed the center line and collided head-on with a tanker truck driven by 26 year-old Kyle Holder of St. Clair, Mo.  Both vehicles were engulfed in flame.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:55 p.m. by Ralls County Coroner Denise Goodwin.