NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 9:30 PM Wednesday evening Newton County Central Dispatch Center were alerted with reports of a single vehicle rollover crash just west of MO-86 on Jute Road.

Seneca Rural Fire District, Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

Upon arrival Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper T.R. Morris tells us the 1-ton pickup with a utility bed was off the north side of the road in some trees and upside down.

Five people, two adults and three children, all from Vinita, Okla. were transported via Newton County Ambulance to a Joplin area hospital.

35-yo Kevin Hiben was the driver. Passengers included three juvenile children, 9, 12 and 16. And 34-yo Tabitha Hiven. All listed residence in Vinita, Okla. All were transported from the crash scene suffering serious injuries via Newton County Ambulance to a Joplin area hospital.

“Crash occurred as [Ford F-350] failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway and collided with a tree,” Trooper Morris states in his crash narrative.

No one was wearing a safety belt. Four of the five were trapped in the upside down wreckage. Extrication began immediately to free victims. First sounds by witnesses were that of a chainsaw being used to move trees and free those trapped in the twisted metal and branches. The extrication of final victim was 10:31 PM (70 minutes). Redings Mill Fire District were requested to assist in extrication.

Doug’s Towing of Seneca set the pickup upright and then removed it from the roadway. The roadway was clear again for travel at 11:50 PM state the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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