A Crawford County woman  died Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision that closed Highway 50, west of Union, for several hours.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Martha C. Hartwig, 65, Cuba, died and seven men, all from the state of Texas, were injured in the 4:55 p.m. crash. 

Hartwig was westbound on Highway 50, 1.4 miles west of Old State Road, when the 1998 Chrysler she was driving crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound 2011 Ford pickup truck driven by David C. Vasquez, 60, of Gilmer,Texas, according to the preliminary patrol report. 

Both vehicles caught fire following the collision.

Hartwig was pronounced dead at the scene by Union Ambulance District personnel, the patrol said.  

The driver and six passengers in the pickup truck sustained apparent moderate injuries, according to the patrol. All were taken to Mercy Hospital Washington by Union and Gerald ambulance personnel. 

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