UPDATE: We learn more information regarding Thursday evenings crash. One driver later died at a Joplin hospital. Missouri State Highway Patrol outline what occurred in their initial release of information as next of kin were notified late Thursday night.
Ryan O’Neal, 44, of Liberal, Missouri was driving a 2002 Chevy 2500 truck pulling a trailer and traveling southbound. His vehicle crossed the center line and struck the northbound vehicle head on. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to Mercy Joplin.
Traveling northbound was Sevie Davison, 23, of Oronogo, Missouri. She was driving a 2003 Toyota 4Runner. She was transported to Mercy Joplin and was pronounced later.
“Occurred as [Chevrolet 2500 truck] crossed the center line and struck [Toyota 4Runner] head on.”MSGT D.L. KUECHLER OF TROOP D
We also learn that an off duty Joplin Police Officer ran to the scene. He performed life-saving measures on one of the injured in the crash until medical could arrive.
M&M Wrecker were summoned to remove the vehicles from the crash scene. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and crash team cleared around 9:45 PM and MODOT Emergency Response reopened the roadway shortly thereafter.
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JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 5:40 PM Jasper County Emergency Communications were alerted to a serious two vehicle crash on MO-43 north of Joplin near Ivy Road.
Carl Junction Fire Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and METS ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified and MODOT Emergency Response.
This is a serious crash and you are asked to avoid the area. The head-on collision involved an SUV traveling north and a pickup pulling a small box trailer traveling south, both on MO-43.
- ROAD CLOSED
- MO-43 SOUTH SIDE: Ivy Road
- MO-43 NORTH SIDE: MO-96 southbound from roundabout
Cpl Prewitt of Troop D tells is there were two people, driver of each vehicle, transported Priority One to area hospitals and their condition is unknown at this time. He also says the Crash Team will be assembling here at the scene to begin investigation. The roadway will be closed for an unknown amount of time.