On Thursday afternoon around 1:45 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D responded to a crash two miles north of Neosho. 23-year-old Alan Tash of Riverton was traveling southbound on MO-175 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Kelly Fields of Joplin head-on. Tash was pronounced dead at the scene and Fields was taken to Mercy Hospital Joplin with serious injuries. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.
This is the 20th fatality for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D in 2017.