Wrong way driver travels 7 miles of I-44, but ends in head-on crash; No survivors, both drivers died at scene

Joplin News First

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 10:30 p.m. reports of a wrong-way driver entering I-44 at Tara Motel, 15 mile marker, traveling east in the westbound lanes. 

Multiple reports were received. 

SCREENSHOT GOOGLE MAPS PATH 15 MILE MARKER TO 21.8 MILE MARKER.

According to radio reports a Jasper County Deputy was rushing east in the eastbound lanes to intercept the wrong way car. He did not catch up to it.

The passenger vehicle driving the wrong way, white 2015 Chevy Malibu, driven by 91-year-old Andrew Wilson, of Neosho, Missouri, continued east in the west lanes to 21.8 mile marker where a head-on collision occurred. 

He struck a 58-year-old Sarcoxie, Missouri, woman, Janet Edwards, head-on, she was driving a 2010 Chevy HHR west in the westbound lanes.

Both drivers died at the scene.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Team was notified at 11 p.m. and responded.

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