UPDATED: Missouri State Highway Patrol charge the driver with DWI and C&I driving. Records state Caleb Thurston, 21, was arrested, however released to medical personnel.


NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just after 8:00 p.m. New Years Eve reports of a crash on US-60 near Finch Dr. near Westview. 

Seneca Fire District, Newton County Deputies, and Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified. 

On scene Cpl C. Clark tells us it was a single vehicle crash. Male driver, Caleb Thurston, 21, of Neosho, Mo. was traveling westbound on US-60 approaching Finch Drive. 

US-60 just east of Finch Drive. The vehicle was traveling westbound on US-60.

Cpl Clark says preliminary investigation is the vehicle, 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, was attempting to pass, lost control at a high rate of speed and left the roadway to the south, overturning several times. The male driver was thrown a considerable distance. He was transported emergency to Mercy Joplin. He suffered serious injuries.

Conditions at the time of the crash was steady rain and 64°.

Doug’s Towing removed the debris and vehicle from the tree line. 

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