Serious crash involving tractor trailer and CR100 overpass bridge of I-44
Tpr Joe Drum of Missouri State Highway Patrol tells us three people were injured.
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Friday night just after 9 p.m. Jasper County E911 were alerted to a tractor trailer crash at the CR100 overpass of I-44 westbound. Multiple vehicles involved.
Carthage Fire, Jasper County Deputies, Sarcoxie Police, Mercy Ambulance and others responded to the scene near the Joplin Regional Stockyards. Carthage Fire Dept requested assistance from Sarcoxie Fire. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.
The crash scene just before midnight as crews continue working to clear the crash.
Tpr Joe Drum of Missouri State Highway Patrol tells us there were three separate crashes, as not all vehicles collided together.
He tells us preliminary information from the scene and witness statements, a tractor trailer (Hobby Lobby) was in the left lane and a pickup (seen in our photos) was in the right lane. The tractor trailer clipped the pickup, which then overturned off the roadway. And the tractor trailer continued through the guardrail and up under the CR100 overpass.
As the tractor trailer destroyed the guardrail it was jutting out across the highway. Multiple vehicles crashed into the guardrail damaging or disabling vehicles.
Overnight more details are released. The tractor trailer driver, Robert Jones, 45, of Oklahoma City, Okla. The occupant of the sleeper cab Robert Bettis, 63, of Edmond, Okla.
The 2015 Ram 1500 pickup was being driven by Lisadawn McCabe, 68, of Olathe, Kan.
All of the injured were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital Joplin.
M&M Wrecker arrived emergency to stabilize the Hobby Lobby tractor trailer from falling over while EMTs were extricating the two Oklahoma men from the destroyed tractor. It was an extended extrication.
Inspectors from MoDOT arrived shortly after 11 p.m. to inspect the bridge.
McDowell’s Wrecker from Springfield, Mo. arrived to begin clearing damaged guardrail as contract workers for MoDOT.
The debris and tractor trailer was cleared the scene about 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
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