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December 27, 2013

Two sisters killed, others injured in I-49 accident near Pineville

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Two sisters from Bentonville, Ark., were killed and a third sister was in serious condition following a three-vehicle accident at 2:45 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 49 in Pineville, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Bethany Boxx, 20, and Katelyn Boxx, 16, were pronounced dead at the scene by McDonald County coroner B.J. Goodwin. The two girls were passengers in a van driven by their father, David Boxx, 51, of Bentonville. He had moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. The other sister, passenger Gracen Boxx, 18, of Bentonville, had serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. Passenger Janet Boxx, the mother of the three sisters, 50, also of Bentonville, had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Bentonville. Passenger O’Rane Williams, 21, of Conway, Ark., had moderate injuries and was taken by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He is no relation to the others in the van, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace.

The patrol reported that a vehicle driven by Roger Wilson, 47, of Muldrow, Okla., and a vehicle driven by Troy Robins, 19, of Pineville, were headed north on the interstate when the Robins vehicle changed lanes in front of the Wilson vehicle and the Wilson vehicle struck the rear of the Robins vehicle. The Robins vehicle crossed the center of the highway and collided with the southbound Boxx van on the driver’s side. The Boxx van ran off the highway and overturned.

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