Couple married 50 years die together in Missouri crash

Interstate 55 in Jefferson County

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A couple married 50 years died together when a tractor-trailer hit head on the SUV they were in on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County in Missouri. Authorities identified them as 72-year-old Leonard Wayne Byrd and 66-year-old Rebecca Joyce Byrd, both of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The couple died Monday at the scene of the five-vehicle crash, which occurred when tractor-trailer rear-ended a vehicle then plowed through a cable barrier and went into incoming traffic.