The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 2, 2013

7-year-old Carthage girl killed in I-49 accident

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Carthage girl was killed and four other Carthage residents were injured in an accident early Saturday morning.

Landry F. Hesse, 7, was pronounced dead at the scene. Also injured in the accident were Avery J. Hesse, 10; Andrew M. Hesse, 39; Kip A. Castor, 7; and Daniel D. Castor, 33.

The accident happened at 7:07 a.m. three miles south of Nevada on Interstate 49 in Vernon County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Kip Castor was taken to Nevada Regional Hospital in Nevada with minor injuries, while Avery Hesse and Daniel Castor were taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin with moderate and serious injuries, respectively. Andrew Hesse was also taken to Freeman with serious injuries, according to the patrol.

The accident occurred as the vehicle that Daniel Castor was driving lost control on the ice-covered roadway and went down an embankment and overturned, the patrol said.

John Gagan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in Springfield, said there were a number of accidents around the region caused by ice.

“We had a very quick morning cold front move through,” he said.

That combined with a thin band of rain and sleet that developed over the Fort Scott, Kan.-Nevada area and drifted over the Ozark Plateau, leaving roads slick with icy patches.

“Just a very thin glaze of ice developed, which led to the problems of the morning,” he said.