Neighbors and Healthcare Workers rush to assist those injured in head-on crash

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday reports of a two vehicle head-on crash at 32nd and Oliver Ave alerted Joplin Emergency Dispatch.

Joplin Fire Dept, Joplin Police, Newton Co Ambulance and METS ambulance responded.

On the scene Joplin Police tell us four people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors were the first to respond to the crash telling us they heard the loud crash. Also across the street to the south numerous rushed from Joplin Health and Rehab to assist those injured.

Ofc Dalton Farmer preliminary investigation shows the white vehicle was traveling east on 32nd, turning north onto S Oliver Ave. The black vehicle traveling west on 32nd.

City of Joplin will replace the stop sign taken out in the crash for southbound Oliver Ave travelers. Workers from the city are on the scene now.

Comer’s Wrecker removed the crashed vehicles.

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Police pursuit ends as pickup slams into utility pole

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just after 4:45 p.m. Monday reports of a pickup crashed into a utility pole at Zora and S Independence Ave. Neighbors said power was out.

On scene Ofc Josh Dykstra tells us it was the end of a police pursuit initiated minutes prior to the crash.

Male subject was wanted on a Felony Burglary Warrant and was spotted by officers. Officers attempted to perform a Felony Car Stop and the pickup fled beginning about N St Louis and Trenton Ave.

The pursuit weaved in and out of Royal Heights until crashing into the utility pole, knocking out power to the area.

Both occupants of the pickup were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The male driver will face additional charges

The female passenger has no pending charges.

Liberty Utilities on scene will have to replace at least one pole. Expect power to be restored later into the evening. 

This is a breaking news story. We anticipate more information from Joplin Police Tuesday. Stay with KOAM News Now for updates.