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Four killed Thanksgiving night crash, I-44 at Springfield

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — Missouri State Highway Patrol release details regarding quadruple fatal crash along I-44 near Springfield on Thanksgiving night, November 24, 2022.

The MICU (Major Incident Crash Unit) of Troop D assisted MSgt Michael Frazier’s investigation of the three vehicle crash.

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Josh Wamsley, 33, of Springfield was driving a 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 eastbound on I-44. He died later at Cox South. Passenger Danielle Dillman, 36, died at the scene.

Ryan Shultz, 40, of Fair Grove, Mo. was driving a 2011 Chevy Traverse eastbound on I-44. He was not injured.

Patrick Holloway, 44, of Republic, Mo. was driving a  2018 Ford Escape. He died at the scene. His wife, Shandrea Holloway, 44, died later at Cox South. A rear seated passenger, their 1-year-old daughter survived with moderate injuries.

Crash occurred as [Dodge Ram] struck [Chevy Traverse] in the rear. Travelled into the westbound lanes and struck [Ford Escape] head on.” — MSgt M. Frazier

Sources tell us the one-year-old survivor was in  rear-facing car seat. Both parents were killed.

Traffic was disrupted until about 2 a.m. Friday.

Integrity Towing removed the two vehicles that struck head-on. The Chevy Traverse was driven from the scene.

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MoDOT completes the S Rangeline overpass 23 days early

JOPLIN, Mo. — What one person called, “A Christmas miracle” in an online comment, is really a Thanksgiving miracle!

The South Rangeline overpass of the Kansas City Southern Railroad was open to all traffic Wednesday, November 23 at 11:52 a.m.

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The project completes early. 23 days early.

The estimated completion was Dec 16. However good weather for construction and priority planning by MoDOT officials achieved the early opening.

MoDOT inspectors tell us on site there are still things to complete outside of the roadway, cosmetic issues like sod and dirt work.

Final inspections were completed in the past week. Painters were spotted on the bridge yesterday and this morning as tipsters alerted us that the opening could be close.

Now accessible is the newly relocated Maria’s Restaurant, in the former Pacific Rim building, across from Import Warehouse.

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Rangeline bridge construction progress, crews begin pouring the concrete decking

JOPLIN, Mo. — Tuesday, November 1, 2022 contractor crews began the first pour of concrete on the bridge deck/driving surface of the Rangeline Road overpass of the Kansas City Southern Railroad.

Adam Fields, MoDOT Construction Inspector, tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker, “we are pouring the bridge deck right now, half of it. The other half will be done later this week or early next week depending on when they get the steel tied in. It is going good so far.”

| RELATED BRIDGE >> 110-FOOT GIRDERS ARRIVE TO RANGELINE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ZONE

The new bridge will feature sidewalks on both sides of the road that the previous bridge did not have, that will make it 15 feet wider.

Our cameras observed Joplin Concrete trucks arriving to the overpass from the north. Then a concrete pump truck placed the cement in forms of the bridge deck, looking almost like a long, skinny and scary finger.

“The contractor is working diligently to get this open as soon as possible and they are making pretty good progress on it. We just placed these girders 10-11 days ago and we are already pouring the deck on it.”

— ADAM FIELDS, MoDOT

The bridge will be two feet higher and 27 feet shorter.

The scheduled completion date according to MoDOT and the contractor is December 16, 2022. See their FACT SHEET here on dates and details.

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Rangeline bridge construction progress, large girders arrive to construction site

JOPLIN, Mo. — Wednesday evening October 19, 2022 we caught numerous tractor trailers arriving with huge beams to the Rangeline Bridge construction site.

Arriving from the south we learn these huge beams were made of concrete. Sources told us they were concrete not steel, called N U Girders.

Workers on scene told us they were arriving to the site from the Kansas City area. Each one is 110-feet long. The tractor and towing units make the entire rig about 170-feet.

Tractor trailer drivers traveled north on S Rangeline and some turned around at 29th Street to back the girders into the construction site, parked behind the construction signage.

| MORE RANGELINE BRIDGE >> All businesses continue to have Rangeline access through construction

Other major changes include new walls. The former bridge had earthen berms supporting the elevated roadway. Now there are concrete walls. No more mowing.

There are large cranes now on site that will place the girders into place.

We counted nearly 10 girders. Workers said two more will arrive Thursday morning.

The bridge is expected to be completed in December.

• The new bridge is 2 feet higher
• The new bridge is 15 feet wider
• The new bridge is 27 feet shorter
• The new bridge will have sidewalks on both sides

Overview of bridge. Note the raised roadway is mostly earthen berms to a retaining wall allowing 27th and 29th and all normal business access to continue on South Rangeline.

 

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Bridge completed, MO-96 reopens in Jasper County

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — The bridge east of Avilla closed MO-96 at White Oak Creek in June 2022. Construction was completed on time yesterday, Oct 12, and reopened to all traffic.

Missouri Route 96 bridge over White Oak Creek in #JasperCo near #Avilla NOW OPEN as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12.” — MoDOT SWMo

TRAVELERS NOTE: The MO-96 detour continues however. There is another bridge construction further east on MO-96 in Lawrence County that will persist until December. Plan your travel accordingly.

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I-44 slow-down as pickup burns at Fidelity, Mo.

FIDELTIY, Mo. – About 9:30 a.m. Thursday reports of a vehicle fire along I-44 west near 17 mile marker alerted Jasper County E-911.

Carthage Fire Dept, Jasper County Deputies responded. MoDOT Emergency Response and Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

The pickup was fully engulfed after a short time and reports that everyone was out safely from the vehicle.

Our Joplin News First friend Tanner Grimes captured photos.

Expect delays as clean up continues just west of the Fidelity cloverleaf with I-44 and US-59.

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Tractor trailer burns on I-44 at Mount Vernon, Mo.

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — About 4:30 p.m. reports in Lawrence County along I-44 at 47 mile marker west a tractor trailer was fully engulfed.

Mount Vernon Fire and EMS crews responded emergency. We followed the developing story, sharing live video as first responders became visible on the MoDOT Traffic Camera 47MM. 

Traffic began passing in one lane, past the fire, however the backup of vehicles is miles long.

The driver was out safely.

Biellier’s Towing removed the tractor trailer and debris from the scene.

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Rangeline access to all businesses continues through the Rangeline KCS overpass construction

JOPLIN, Mo. — The South Rangeline overpass of the KCS railroad construction has begun. Many businesses along the stretch are concerned it will affect their bottom line in the months during the build.

However all businesses and their South Rangleine access will remain open and the roadway undisturbed.

NORTH SIDE

  • 27th St access from South Rangeline is open to: Hidden Acres building, RealtyOne Group and Caliber Collision Group
  • Sutherlands South Rangeline access is open as normal, roadway is undisturbed.

SOUTH SIDE

  • 29th St South Rangeline access continues on undisturbed roadway to Import Warehouse, Maria’s (new location), Oasis Salon & Day Spa and the 26th and Arizona/Delaware corridor of businesses & residents.
  • Access to Derailed Commodity, 1/2 of Half, Andy’s Frozen Custard, etc., continues as normal to their South Rangeline access

How can they all remain open? Note in the image the bridge is relatively short. The majority of the raised roadway is on earthen berms, then retaining walls.

• The new bridge is two feet higher
• The new bridge is 15 feet wider
• The new bridge is 27 feet shorter
• The new bridge will have sidewalks on both sides

Overview of bridge. Note the raised roadway is mostly earthen berms to a retaining wall allowing 27th and 29th and all normal business access to continue on South Rangeline.

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