Newton county crash claims life of Joplin woman

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, around 9:25 a.m. on June 30, 23-year-old Lydia Beaver, of Joplin, was traveling southbound on I-49, about five miles south of Joplin, when her vehicle lost control and crossed the median into the northbound lane.

Beaver’s car struck a tractor trailer traveling northbound.

Beaver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Mercy Hospital in Joplin with minor injuries.

This is Troop D’s 52nd fatality for 2020.