Street sweeper rolls on I-49 in crash with semi trailer

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Pittsburg, Kansas, man driving the street sweeper at highway speeds crossed median, rolling into oncoming traffic, and was ejected

UPDATE: Missouri State Highway Patrol update information regarding the early morning crash on Tuesday north of Carthage. 1:13 AM is the noted time that a 2018 Isuzu NPR, outfitted as a street sweeper, rolled on I-49, halting southbound traffic for 3 1/2 hours.

NOTE: The street sweeper was traveling at a normal highway speeds. It is not a MDOT vehicle. It was not functioning as a street sweeper on the interstate at the time of the crash.

According to Trooper B.D. Vaught #1451, the street sweeper, being driven by 29-year-old, Brandon Spear, of Pittsburg, Kansas, was traveling north on I-49.

“[Street sweeper] crossed the median and struck a guard rail. [Northbound, Street sweeper] overturned as it crossed the southbound lanes. [Street sweeper then struck another guard rail and the trailer of [semi tractor-trailer unit].”

As the street sweeper rolled into the oncoming lanes Spear was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seat belt according to the report. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Mercy Ambulance to Joplin.

The semi tractor-trailer was traveling southbound and was struck by the rolling, oncoming vehicle. It was being driven by a Kansas City, Missouri, man. Howard Jones, 56-years-old, was wearing his seat belt, and was uninjured in the crash.

The street sweeper was removed from the roadway by M&M Wrecker.


JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Early Tuesday morning shortly before 1:30 AM Jasper County dispatched Carthage Fire Department and Mercy Ambulance to a reported rollover crash on I-49 North of Carthage.

Upon arrival it was observed a commercial street sweeper had collided with the rear trailer of a tandem unit.

The driver of the street sweeper had been ejected out of the vehicle but it was reported he was awake and conscious. He was transported to an area hospital, his condition is unknown at this time.

Missouri State Highway Patrol are processing the crash and will update us as soon as possible.

MODOT Emergency Response set a traffic detour of all southbound traffic off of I-49 at Civil War Road. Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and Carthage Police helped to control the traffic leading to the crash scene as the road was entirely blocked on the Civil War overpass.

The road way remained closed until around 3:45 AM.

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