UPDATE: Driver’s name released in Newton CO crash that claimed two



NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — The name of the driver killed in Saturday’s crash has been released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

James I Uitts, 50, of Joplin, was pronounced dead at the scene along with his juvenile passenger.

Uitts’ vehicle was traveling along Route NN three miles southbound when his vehicle ran off of the roadway, striking a ditch and colliding with a utility poll where it proceeded to overturn.


NEWTON COUNTY — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Newton County.

Authorities say a single vehicle crash happened just after 10:15 Saturday night at 5339 Highway NN.

Troopers say a minivan was traveling South on NN Highway and failed to negotiate a curve — went off the left side of the road — hitting a ditch and utility pole.

Authorities say two people inside the vehicle died at the scene and they will release the names once family is notified.

Troopers say the preliminary report says excessive speed caused the crash.

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