The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

June 22, 2013

Kansas resident hurt in accident southwest of Lamar

— A Kansas resident was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 1:35 p.m. Friday on Missouri Highway 126, five miles southwest of Lamar in Barton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

John L. Swartz, 66, of Pittsburg, Kan., was taken to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, the patrol said.

Swartz was driving a westbound car that struck the rear of a westbound minivan driven by Charles A. Shipman, 61, of Bartlesville, Okla., when Shipman slowed for traffic, the patrol said.

• A Miami, Okla., man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 12:09 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 59, five miles south of Fairland in Ottawa County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Orville Macklin, 90, was flown by medical helicopter to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin with serious injuries, the state patrol said.

Macklin was driving a northbound pickup truck and swerved to try to avoid a northbound vehicle driven by Carl Burrow, 31, of Afton, Okla., who was stopped on the crest of a hill for road construction work, the patrol said. But Macklin’s truck struck the rear driver’s side quarter panel of the vehicle and left the roadway and struck a culvert head-on, becoming airborne for about 35 feet before landing on its wheels on the side of the roadway, the patrol said.

• An Oklahoma woman was injured in a motorcycle accident at 11 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 60, three miles east of Neosho in Newton County, the state patrol said.

Melissa E. Erdman, 36, of Boley, Okla., was taken by private vehicle to an unspecified hospital in Tulsa, Okla., the patrol said.

She was riding a westbound motorcycle and attempting a left turn when the bike hit a diesel oil slick and overturned, the patrol said.

• A Springfield woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 9:45 a.m. Friday on Interstate 44, three miles southwest of Stotts City in Lawrence County, the state patrol said.

Katelyn A. Flowers, 20, was taken by ambulance to Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage, the patrol said.

She was driving an eastbound car that ran off the roadway into the median, regained the roadway, ran off a second time and struck a median cable, the patrol said.

• Two Jasper residents were injured when their car struck a train at 8:46 a.m. Friday on Route M, three miles south of Jasper, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The driver of the car, Alfred L. Pennell, 83, and his passenger, Rachel G. Pennell, 81, were taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, the state patrol said.

Their eastbound car collided with a southbound train of the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad at a crossing on Route M, the patrol said. The driver failed to yield the right of way to the train despite flashing lights at the crossing, the patrol said.

• A Diamond resident suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 86, one mile north of Eagle Rock in Barry County, the state patrol said.

David G. Mitchell, 57, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, the patrol said.

Mitchell was riding a northbound motorcycle that ran off the road and struck a tree, the patrol said.

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