The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed Wednesday night when his rig left the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 in Ottawa County, hit a tree and exploded into flames, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The accident took place at 7:24 p.m. about eight miles east of Miami, where the truck struck an embankment and became airborne before running into the tree, the state patrol said.
The Miami Fire Department responded. The driver was pinned inside the wreckage, and rescue workers needed three hours and 37 minutes to extricate his body.
The name of the driver was being withheld pending positive identification by the Office of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner and notification of family.
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1717 Marketplace developer facing more federal charges
The Springfield developer of 1717 Marketplace on Range Line Road in Joplin is now facing additional bankruptcy fraud charges beyond those leveled against him last year for a series of bank fraud and wire fraud schemes.
Police recover stolen scooter
Joplin police nabbed a suspect on a stolen scooter Thursday near 10th Street and Chestnut Avenue.
Police investigate assault at bridge
A reported assault of a 19-year-old Joplin man early Wednesday at the low-water bridge at Jackson Avenue and Glendale Road remains under investigation by police.
Joplin man faces weapon charge after disturbance
A 31-year-old man was charged with a felony weapon offense after he allegedly pointed a rifle at his wife during a domestic disturbance Wednesday at a residence in Joplin.
Grand jury indicts Tennessee man on three charges
A federal grand jury indicted a Tennessee man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged enticement of a minor from Lawrence County for sexual acts.
Joplin man faces grand jury indictment in child porn case
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Joplin man with receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
High winds overturn empty box truck in Cherokee County
High winds from Wednesday’s thunderstorm overturned an empty box truck in Southeast Kansas, authorities said.
Joplin couple indicted in child porn case
A federal grand jury indicted a Joplin couple Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a preceding indictment of the husband for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.
Tulsa man faces robbery charge
A suspect in a shoplifting incident Monday at the Sears store in Northpark Mall in Joplin was charged with robbery after he and an accomplice reportedly resisted a store employee’s effort to detain them.
Joplin couple indicted on child pornography charges
A federal grand jury today indicted a Joplin couple for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a previous indictment of the husband for producing and distributing child pornography.
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