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UPDATE: Fatal Accident at 20th Street and Range Line

Joplin police officers release the identity of the man killed in last night's fatal accident.
JOPLIN, MO -- A Joplin car accident claims the life of a local man. 37-year-old Rance Mata of Joplin passed away after crashing into a traffic light pole last night. It happened just after 9 at the intersection of 20th Street and Range Line. Witnesses reported the Silver 2001 Ford Escape was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when it struck the pole on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Joplin firefighters had to remove Mata from the vehicle. He was then taken to Freeman Hospital where he died shortly after.

Joplin police officers say they're not sure why Mata was driving down the wrong side of the road. The accident remains under investigation.

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