Lamar teens involved in fatal crash, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate
Tpr A. Torbeck of Troop D tells us on scene the car left the roadway, overturned multiple times, coming to rest back on road.
BARTON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning reports of a crash along State Route V near NE 40th alerted Barton County E-911.
A Barton County Deputy arrived first, locating the crash about 10 miles northwest of Lamar. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.
On scene we learn it was a single vehicle crash with three occupants, the driver, Benjamin Harrington, 18, of Lamar was killed.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Investigation Unit (MCIU), incl. Cpl K.R. Waters, was summoned to assist the investigation.
The two passengers were teens from Lamar. Female, 16, suffered serious injuries. She was transported AIR EVAC to Mercy Springfield.
Male, 16, suffered minor injuries and was picked up by family. He was the only occupant wearing a seat belt.
“Crash occurred as [Chevy Impala] ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a bluff and overturned.” — Tpr A.G. Torbeck of Troop D
Next of kin are notified. Barton County Coroner Sarah Rutledge pronounced the deceased at time of crash. The body was transported to Daniels Funeral Home of Lamar.
Parks Towing removed the crashed vehicle and debris. The roadway was reopened to traffic about 6 a.m.
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