Both drivers killed in head-on crash between Carthage and Carterville

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Major Crash Team of Troop D assigned to investigate this crash that occurred about 7:30 PM, 2 miles west of Carthage on HH/Fir Road

UPDATE: Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Team are investigating this crash. They reopened the roadway to all traffic around 10:00 PM Thursday night. Cpl. J.L. Prewitt of Troop D reveals in the initial report that both drivers in this head-on crash have died.

Baylee Shorter, 24-year-old female of Carthage, Missouri, was driving eastbound in a 2008 Ford Taurus. She crossed the center line striking the other vehicle head-on. She died a short time later at the hospital. A passenger in the vehicle, Makayla Suter, 17-years-old, of Joplin, Missouri, suffered serious injuries.

Jessica Batie, 17-year-old female of Joplin, Missouri, was driving westbound in a 1999 Honda CRV. She was pronounced at the scene by Jasper County Deputy Coroner, George Woodard. A passenger in the vehicle, a 12-year-old girl, of Joplin, Missouri, suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

“Occurred as [Shorter vehicle] was eastbound on RT HH, crossed the centerline and struck [Batie vehicle] head-on.”

Cpl. J.L. Prewitt #981

MSHP state in the narrative that this marks Troop D’s 57th fatality of 2020. Compared to the same approximate time in 2019 there were 54 fatalities. Troop D Major Crash Team assigned to this crash also includes Sgt. G.T. Curnes #181. Click here to view the online report.

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JASPER COUNTY, Mo. (west of Carthage) — Just before 7:30 PM a serious crash was reported on HH/Fir Road involving multiple patients. The crash has two vehicles involved. It is south of Dyno at the CR 170 HH/Fir Road intersection.

Responding: Carthage Fire Dept, Mercy Carthage, Carthage Police Dept, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

MODOT EMERGENCY RESPONSE have set roadblocks.

  • CLOSED — FIR at Chapel, no westbound traffic
  • CLOSED — FIR at 170, no eastbound traffic
  • CLOSED — CR 170 at W Fairview

The road will be closed for an extended period of time.

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