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Crime & Courts

December 20, 2012

Joplin woman dies in traffic accident in Newton County



A Joplin woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on Business Loop 49, four miles south of Joplin in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Marguerite S. Ward, 56, driver of a car, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, where she was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m.

Josh S. Vaughan, 34, of Neosho, driver of the other vehicle, suffered moderate injuries. He was transported to Freeman West.

The patrol said Vaughan, who was going south, passed another vehicle, and his car collided head-on with the northbound Ward vehicle.

• Two Nevada men were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 1:55 a.m. Thursday on 2000 Road, four miles east of Nevada in Vernon County, the patrol said.

Tucker Ewing, 22, driver of a pickup, suffered serious injuries. A passenger, James R. Manes, 18, also suffered serious injuries. They were taken to Freeman Hospital West.

The patrol said the southbound vehicle ran off the road and overturned. Both occupants of the pickup were thrown out.

• An Aurora man was injured in a one-car accident at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 60, two miles east of Monett in Barry County, the patrol said.

Devan M. Abrisz, 22, driver of the car, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Mercy Hospital Aurora.

The patrol said the eastbound vehicle struck a cow in the road.

• Two people suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident at 11 p.m. Wednesday on McClelland Boulevard, a half-mile south of Joplin in Newton County, the patrol said.

Heather M. Kelly, 18, of Neosho, driver of the car, and a passenger, Kelsey M. Keeling, 18, of Seneca, were taken to Freeman Hospital West.

The patrol said the westbound vehicle ran off the road and struck a guardrail.

• An Arkansas man was injured in a tractor-trailer accident at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday on Route EE, a mile west of Pineville in McDonald County, the patrol said.

Arlis D. Jones, 47, of Scranton, the driver, suffered moderate injuries. He was taken to Freeman Hospital West.

The patrol said the westbound truck rig ran off the road and struck a tree.

• A Webb City man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 44 at Halltown in Lawrence County, the patrol said.

Grover C. Bryant, 65, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Threcsastet C. Bryant, 64, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Mercy Hospital Springfield. The driver was not injured.

The patrol said the westbound vehicle ran off the road on an exit ramp and struck a sign.

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