Early Sunday morning around 1:00 AM tipsters began messaging us from stopped traffic on I-44 eastbound, Miami to Joplin asking for information on what what was happening on the Oklahoma Will Rogers Turnpike.
Joplin News First received information overnight, and witnessed part of the clean up of the final crash but have waited to release more information.
BREAKING Wrong way driver on turnpike between Joplin/Miami. No survivors in final fiery crash. Pickup truck was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes causing two crash scenes. #JoplinNewsFirst story final & fatal crash occurred 9 miles east of Miami https://t.co/oajil5DCZR pic.twitter.com/splnKrLOlm — Joplin News First (@JoplinNewsFirst) May 12, 2019
WRONG WAY DRIVER ENTERS TURNPIKE AT STATE LINE
Around 12:30 AM Sunday a wrong way driver is believed to have entered the Will Rogers Turnpike in Missouri at Downstream Blvd. That driver was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. Two crash scenes occurred.
323.8 MM eastbound – 1st crash scene two vehicles crashed and drivers suffer non-life threatening injuries. However the wrong way driver continues eastbound in the westbound lanes.
322 MM eastbound – 2nd crash scene is the final. The wrong way driver had traveled almost two more miles from the first. This was a head-on crash causing fire to consume most of the two vehicles involved. There were no survivors in this crash.
This second crash blocked both lanes of traffic till after 4:00 AM (see Joplin News First video).
Joplin News First received information overnight regarding a multiple fatality crash in Oklahoma. Tipsters began contacting us at 1:15 AM saying they were stopped in traffic on I-44 eastbound. We are waiting official information. Traffic was stopped for more than 3 hours and I-44 eastbound was closed for a time. This crash involved multiple vehicles and multiple crash scenes. When on IG click our profile link for news updates. #joplinnewsfirst video #ksnlocalnews #kodenews
Shortly after 1:30 AM the Miami Police Department assisted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in shutting down the interstate from further traffic entering at Miami traveling east.
Ottawa County Sherrif’s Deputies, Miami Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, GRDA and Quapaw Fire & Rescue assisted.
The official report will come from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol we were told by all other agencies.