Both the driver of a pickup and the rider of a motorcycle who collided head-on on a Newton County highway Tuesday night were killed.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Joseph R. Morris, 42, Neosho, and Hector Huertas, 24, Carthage, were both pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 9:20 p.m. wreck on Missouri Highway 43, a quarter of a mile north of Seneca.

The patrol reported that Huertas crossed the centerline of the highway, and his northbound bike struck head-on into the southbound truck driven by Morris, who was wearing his safety device. The patrol said these are the 22nd and 23rd fatalities in Troop D for 2014.