(CARTHAGE, Mo.) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol report states the crash occurred two miles East of Carthage on MO-96 around 5:30 PM Wednesday and involved three vehicles and a trailer.

An eastbound 2017 Chevy Equinox driven by Cindy Cox, 59, of Springfield, struck a trailer carrying a load as it crossed the center line traveling westbound. Cox died later at Mercy Hospital Joplin.

Richard Guston, 88, of Nixa, was an occupant in the Cox vehicle and he was transported to Mercy Hospital Joplin and was listed in serious condition.

The trailer was being pulled by a 2007 Ford F-150 driven by 17-year-old, Sergio Nevarez-Guitierrez of Neosho. He was uninjured and the vehicle was driven from the scene.

As the load scattered it struck a third vehicle driven by a Nixa man, Jason Randolph, 47. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata he was operating was able to be driven from the crash scene.

According to Trooper M.R. Cook: “Trailer crossed the center of the roadway and struck [the Cox vehicle]. Cargo from the trailer struck the [Randolph vehicle].”


CARTHAGE, Mo. – Reported two vehicle crash east of Carthage occurred around 5:25 PM near County Lane 124.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Carthage Police assisted as the Missouri State Highway Patrol processed the crash scene.

MSHP trooper tells us two people were transported to an area hospital, before we arrived after 6:30 PM. Condition unknown at this time.

Carthage Fire Department extricated one person from the SUV. This crash, is about one mile east of Kellogg Lake. A passenger vehicle, SUV, collided with a pickup trailer hauling bricks.

At this time, drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes:

  • Highway 37 at Avilla
  • Highway V at Kellogg Lake in Carthage

We’ll have more information at it becomes available.