Two killed in head-on collision on MO-43; Two Juveniles flown to area hospitals

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Just before 5:00 a.m. on September 10, reports of a crash six miles south of Liberal, Missouri along MO-43 alerted police dispatch.

The Barton County Sheriff’s Department, Liberal Police, Liberal Fire, and the Barton County Ambulance responded to the scene.

While on the scene, Officers learned that a Toyota Highlander traveling southbound on MO-43 entered the wrong lane and struck a 1998 Ford F250 head-on.

Police say the driver of the Toyota, Shelby Stinnet, 30, and the juvenile Ford driver were pronounced dead at the scene.

EMS then transported two juvenile passengers of the Ford to area hospitals via ambulance and helicopter.

Click here to view the entire report.

Lane reductions expected on McDonald Co. Route J

SOUTHWEST CITY, Mo. – McDonald County announced earlier this week that the expected lane reductions on Route J will occur on September 13-14.

Officials say the location of the reduction will be between the Missouri/Oklahoma state line and Missouri Route 43 in Southwest City.

During this time, MoDOT crews will work to replace a collapsed pipe beneath the road.

MoDOT provides the following traffic impact:

  • Route J reduced to one lane where crews are working
  • Drivers will encounter flaggers directing traffic through the work zone
  • Drivers urged to find alternate routes
  • No signed detours planned
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone
  • Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts

 Click here to learn more.



Model T Club takes a tour of Southeast Kansas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Model T Club is in Southeast Kansas this week for its 39th Annual Hillbilly Tour.

The Hillbilly Tour is hosted by the Heart of the Ozarks Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America and it features drivers from around the country.

Highlights for today’s tour stop in Pittsburg include:

  • PSU Veterans Memorial
  • Champions Plaza Gorilla Sculpture at Carnie Smith Stadium
  • Crawford County Historical Museum

Participants will host an event this evening for folks to come and learn about the historic cars.

Highlights for tomorrow’s stop include:

  • Corona Train Depot
  • Big Brutus
  • Baxter Springs Heritage Museum
  • the old Marsh Arch Rainbow Bridge on Route 66
  • Route 66 through Downtown Galena

Click here to learn more.




Multiple-vehicle crash in McDonald County claims the life of two Missouri men; one Juvenile

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – A multiple-vehicle crash in Pineville, Missouri resulted in three deaths after a southbound vehicle on US-71 struck a northbound juvenile driver.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, a Nissan Versa driven by Kyler Johnson entered the wrong lane while traveling on US-71.

Police say the Versa then struck a Toyota Prius driven by a 17-year-old female in the northbound lane.

As a result of the crash, McDonald County Coroner Jonathan Fletcher pronounced all three occupants of the versa: including occupant Joseph Lynch, 58, and a 15-year-old male, deceased.

MHP says the 17-year-old Prius driver is in serious condition.

Pregnant woman dead after single-vehicle crash in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A pregnant Humansville woman is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Springfield.

On September 3rd at around 8:00 P.M., Springfield Police Officers responded crash at Grant and Meadowmere.

While on the scene, officers learned that a red 2007 Ford Ranger driven by Joshua Stone, 28, from Springfield, was speeding southbound when he lost control and ran off the road.

Police say Kylee Carlisle, 19, was a passenger and Kaylee Fields, 19, and Elijah Smith, 19 were passengers in the bed of the truck.

Police say the truck stuck a utility pole, chainlink fence, and a tree before coming to a stop.

According to the media release, all four individuals in the truck were transported by EMS to an area hospital.

Deputies say Kaylee fields succumbed to injuries shortly after.

Fields was 4 months pregnant according to Springfield Officers

Oklahoma Derby Beatdown destroys fans expectations


MIAMI, Okla. – The Oklahoma Derby Beatdown returned to the Miami Fairgrounds today for some high-octane action.

The family-friendly event featured cars and trucks doing their best to get through a series of demolition derby races.

The fan-favorite automobile jump contest featured derby vehicles flying through the air to see who could make it the furthest.

Watch the full story on KOAM and Fox 14 evening news.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Joplin to close Lone Elm at Soccer Field Road

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin announced this week the closure of Lone Elm at Soccer Field Road beginning September 6.

City officials say they will close the road so crews can replace a sanitary sewer line.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

The sewer line replacement is a part of the Joplin Creek Interceptor Replacement Project.

Iowa trucking company acquires CFI in $525 million dollar deal

NORTH LIBERTY, Ia. – An Iowa-based trucking company today announced its plan to acquire CFI Logistica operations in Mexico from TFI Inetrnationalional for $525 million.

Headquartered in Joplin, Missouri, CFI provides dry van and temperature-controlled truckload services to major customers throughout the U.S. and into Mexico and Canada.

Officials say the acquisition by Heartland Express would make the company the 8th largest truckload fleet in the U.S with estimated annual revenues of approximately $1.3 billion,

President and CEO of Heartland Express stated:

“We are thrilled to welcome CFI to the Heartland Express family of companies, where it will continue to operate from Joplin under its own brand and current leadership team. CFI has exactly what we look for as we expand – significant scale, a respected and recognizable brand, capable management, safe and experienced drivers, a strong asset base, and a complementary terminal network. CFI’s strengths in the north-south midwestern corridor will add to our driver and customer capability, and their cross-border expertise will help us capitalize on the expected long-term freight volume benefits of nearshoring activity by manufacturers. At the same time, we can offer the CFI people a home that is entirely focused on their core – high-service, irregular route, asset-based truckload freight transportation. Over time, we expect to gain meaningful synergies and operate our consolidated business on a larger scale at our historical margins.”

Through the purchase agreement, Heartland Express will acquire 100% of the equity of transportation Resources, Inc., the parent of Contract Freighters, Inc. and the Mexican entities comprising CFI Logistica.

To learn more about the agreement, click here.

Aurora-Marion Police Department remind residents the importance of school zones

AURORA, Mo. – The Aurora-Marionville Police Department reminds residents to watch their speedometers as kids head back to school.

According to the AMPD, a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour is 4 times more likely to fatally hit or injure a pedestrian in a crash than a vehicle traveling that speed.

To help combat speeding in school zones, the AMPD says they intend to monitor the schools and nearby areas closely as school starts back up.

The Department asks residents to familiarize themselves with the signs in their Facebook post above to avoid any accidents.

The AMPD says to reduce vehicles to designated speeds in school zones during enforced hours will lead to a safer environment for students.