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Dump truck crashes and burns off I-44 in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 11:15 a.m. Monday, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin.

Joplin Police Officer Dalton Farmer told KOAM’s Shannon Becker that the driver refused transport to a hospital.

Farmer said the dump truck experienced a flat tire before veering through a guardrail, going down an embankment and crashing.

The driver was not able to get out of the doors, so he climbed through the windshield.

Just a short distance to the west on Outer Road, a crew from Liberty Electric were working. They ran to the crash using up all their extinguishers to help with the fire.

Redings Mill Fire observed a fully engulfed vehicle on their arrival. Joplin Fire also responded.

The dump truck was carrying a dirt load from an EPA clean-up site. That will be removed before the crashed vehicle is towed away.

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