I-49 crash in Newton County claims the life of Joplin woman

Joplin News First

Witnesses state the crash occured in heavy rain

UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us this was a two vehicle crash. A southbound 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by a 23-year-old Joplin woman, Lydia Beaver, hydroplaned, crossing the median and striking a semi tractor-trailer.

The semi was traveling north, left the right side of the road and then into a deep ravine at the exit ramp. The semi tractor-trailer was carry 7,000 lbs of egg crates. The 41-year-old male driver, LeRoy Lyles, of Natchez, MS, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Witnesses say the crash occured during heavy rain just before 9:30 AM Tuesday.

Members of the Troop D Crash Team were summoned to respond.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash narrative is as follows: “ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS [Nissan] LOST CONTROL TRAVELLED THRU THE MEDIAN AND INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANES STRIKING [Semi].”

Details are here at the link from Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 9:30 AM a serious crash involving a passenger car and semi tractor-trailer has shut down the northbound lanes of I-49 at V, 35 MM. Traffic at the initial publishing of this article have been backed up to Shoal Creek Plaza.

Avoid traveling I-49 north.

  • Take Gateway Drive to Joplin from Neosho 86
  • I-49 Southbound is not affected.

Redings Mill Fire Department, Newton County Ambulance, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Missouri State Highway Patrol and others are on the scene. MODOT Emergency Response is working to direct traffic.

M&M Wrecker has been summoned to upright a semi tractor-trailer.

Unknown injuries to drivers. We have a Joplin News First reporter at the scene.

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