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MARIES COUNTY, Missouri- A Bland Missouri man was fatally injured and the driver airlifted after a rollover crash south of Belle on Hwy 28 early Saturday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the deceased victim as 27 year-old Matthew Nilges. He was declared dead at the scene by the county coroner. Tanner Schroeder,23, was taken by Phelps air ambulance to Mercy Creve Couer. He was listed in serious condition.

Troopers report the crash happened when the Jeep went off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign. The vehicle then overturned, ejecting both occupants who weren’t wearing seatbelts.

Trooper IA Cox was assisted in the investigation by the MSHP crash team. The initial response came at 1:50 a.m.