Children From Neosho Killed In Crash In Newton County

28 December, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Several dead following crash near Abilene

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports five people died in traffic crashes over the Christmas holiday counting period - from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25.

Authorities say three young brothers were killed and their mother and five people in another vehicle were injured in a three-vehicle crash in southwest Missouri.

The driver of the Traverse, Leticia Verde, 32, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

The patrol's Critical Highway Accident Response Team or CHART for short is also responding to investigate what happened.

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Troopers say a semi hit an SUV which crossed Highway 86. It was the second-deadliest crash in Newton County in 2017, according to Deems. They were all from Fairview.

Bentley Stephens and Darby Presley, ages undisclosed, and Harley Stephens, 15, were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, all with serious injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Stephen J. Shaffer, 53, of Sarcoxie, was not injured, the patrol said. An ABC11 crew at the scene said there were "possible injuries" in a head-on crash between two passenger vehicles.

One of the boys was not wearing a seat belt.

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