Three killed in wrong-way driver crash, Neosho, Mo. teen flown trauma to Joplin

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night reports of a head-on collision on US-71 just north of Brush Creek Road in the city limits of Pineville alerted McDonald County E911.

Pineville Fire Dept, Pineville Marshals, McDonald County Sheriff’s Deputies and Freeman Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT were notified. White Rock Fire responded to assist.

On the scene Trooper Randy Morris tells us one vehicle, 2014 Nissan Versa, with three persons was traveling the wrong way, south in the northbound lanes, on divided US-71. This is about 2 miles south of the I-49/US-71 junction. All three in that vehicle died at the scene. 

Those killed include the driver, Kyler Johnson, 29, of Washburn, Mo. Passengers Joseph Lynch, 58, of Powell, Mo. and a 15-year-old juvenile male of Washburn.

The northbound victim vehicle, 2011 Toyota Prius, driven by a 17-year-old Neosho, Mo. female.  She was flown trauma to a Joplin hospital. 

The Major Crash Investigation Unit (MCIU) of Troop D were summoned to the scene to map crash for investigation.

US-71 was closed northbound at MO-90 until about 2 a.m.

Fatal traffic crash. Next of kin notified. [Nissan] travelled southbound in the northbound lane and struck [Toyota]. All three occupants were pronounced deceased at 9:35 p.m. by Deputy McDonald County Coroner Jonathan Fletcher.” – Tpr Randy Morris of MSHP Troop D, McDonald/Newton County

Pineville Fire expressed thanks in a release of information to agencies assisting, “It’s great to know in a time of need we have all these great teams that will come together to get the job done. This was a fatality accident and our prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.

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No survivors in head-on crash, East Hwy 86 in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Thursday morning just after 7 a.m. reports in Newton County of a head-on crash just to the east of Shetland Road on East Hwy 86 alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

East Newton Fire/Granby Fire, Midway Fire Protection District, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Newton County Ambulance responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified.

East Hwy 86 was completely blocked by the crashed vehicles.  The roadway remained closed for about 3 hours between State Hwy M (east side) and Shetland Road (west side).

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On scene we learn from Missouri State Highway Patrol Tpr Randy Morris one driver died at the scene and the second driver was flown to an area hospital, but died of injuries.

The Troop D Major Crash Investigation Unit (MCIU) was summoned to process the crash. Each MCIU officer is, “trained in the human, mechanical and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.”

Diania Bittner, 36, of Neosho, Mo. was driving a 2020 KIA Sorento.  She died at the scene.

Jane Taylor, 66, of Stark City, Mo. was driving a 2015 GMC Sierra.  She was flown to Freeman West and was pronounced deceased later.

Next of kin have been notified.

Occurred as [KIA Sorento] crossed the center line and struck [GMC Sierra]. [Bittner] was pronounced at the scene at 0705 hours by Assistant Newton County Coroner Jerry Deems. [Taylor] was pronounced at Freeman Hospital at 0827 hours by Dr. Carney.” – Tpr Randy Morris of Troop D

I-49 Towing removed both vehicles and debris from the roadway.  East Hwy 86 opened again just after 10 a.m.

Tpr Morris was assisted by MSgt K.R. Sanders, Cpl G. Hendrix, Tpr M. Coleman and MCIU Tpr M.K. Eden. This is Troop D’s 61st and 62nd fatalities for 2022.

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Fatal car crash in Diamond knocks out power to 1,000+

DIAMOND, Mo. — Shortly before 5 p.m. reports of a single vehicle crash just south of Cherry Road on US-59 inside the Diamond city limits alerted Newton County Central Dispatch.

Diamond Fire, Diamond Police Dept, Newton County EMS, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

On scene we learn from Tpr Randy Morris it was a single vehicle crash, with a single male driver who died at the scene.

Louie Taylor, 55, of Miller, Mo. was driving a 2022 KIA Seltos. Next of kin have been notified.

Crash occurred as [KIA] traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a utility pole, became airborne and struck a storage building.” — Tpr Randy Morris

Taylor was pronounced on scene by Newton County Deputy Coroner Jerry Deems. Next of kin have been notified.

Diamond Fire stabilized the vehicle and removed the drivers side of the vehicle using their battery powered Hurst equipment.

Power was out until around 10 p.m. in the area. At one time more than a 1,000 were without power.

Reidiger Towing removed the vehicle and debris from the crash scene.

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