The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 29, 2013

Seneca man dies of injuries from collision


From staff reports

SENECA, Mo. — A 74-year-old man died from injuries suffered when a trash truck struck the pickup truck he was standing beside in the middle of a street in Seneca at 4:15 a.m. today and knocked the truck into him.

John Burton’s arm was trapped beneath a wheel of his pickup truck following the collision and he had to be extricated by rescue workers, according to Seneca police Chief James Altic. Burton was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin where he later died, Altic said.

The accident took place in front of Burton’s home at 710 Osage St. Altic said Burton’s Ford Ranger was blocking the street when the trash truck came over a hill and struck it broadside. Burton was standing on the passenger side of his truck when the other truck struck the driver’s side and knocked the pickup into him.

Altic said it was unknown how Burton’s truck came to be in the street, whether it had rolled out of his driveway or if he backed out and then got out for some reason. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, he said.