UPDATE TO LATE SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH: Trooper A.J. Cook #359 of the Missouri State Highway Patrol updates information that the 19-year-old driver was operating a 2001 Ford Explorer pickup. Darryl Collins of Webb City, Missouri, was transported via METS ambulance to Mercy Joplin and was listed in serious condition. The narrative listed of the crash states, “[pickup] ran off the roadway, struck a tree and a house.”
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. (Rural Carl Junction) — Shortly before midnight, Saturday night, reports to Jasper County emergency dispatchers were received that a pickup had ran into a house, 1500 Bk west Zora.
Carl Junction Fire Protection, Missouri State Highway Patrol (Troop D), Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and METS ambulance rushed to the scene.
Upon arrival it was first observed a eastbound pickup had struck a home on the north side of Zora. The occupants of the home were out safely but the driver of the pickup was still trapped inside.
After removing the driver from the pickup that was embedded in the house, the 19-year-old male was transported to an area hospital.
Trooper A.J. Cook tells us the extent of the drivers injuries are unknown. He was on his was to the hospital to check when we last talked just before the publishing of this article.
Cottrill’s Towing of Joplin removed the pickup from the house and the crash scene.
The extent of the damages to the home was unknown but numerous joists were damaged and firefighters turned off the gas for precaution as the foundation had shifted.
We will update the story with more information from Trooper Cook here on FSHP and our Joplin News First tab.