Talat Kopurtas, 34, was driving his Buick Encore east on Highway 76 at around 10:15 a.m. when the wreck occurred. Police say the driver of a concrete truck failed to navigate a curve in the road and lost control, crossing over the center line and slamming into the car traveling eastbound.
Media sources report that Kopurtas died at the scene of the crash. The concrete truck driver, 56-year-old Michael D. Glidewell, was hospitalized for minor injuries. Both drivers wore seatbelts at the time of the crash. The incident occurred just east of Branson at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive.