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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Local motorists hurt in unrelated crashes

  • A Seneca man received moderate injuries Monday morning in a single vehicle crash in Newton County.
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  • A Seneca man received moderate injuries Monday morning in a single vehicle crash in Newton County.
    Kenneth L. Whitehill, 70, was traveling eastbound on Route Y, five miles east of Seneca, in a 2004 Ford pickup, when his vehicle failed to stop at a T-intersection, traveled through the intersection and struck a ditch, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash report.
    Whitehill was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin for treatment.
    He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, the patrol report noted.
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    A Sunday afternoon crash in Barry County sent one local man to the hospital with minor injuries.
    Mickey W. Baxley, 40, of Diamond, was traveling northbound on Route UU, five miles west of Washburn, in a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the left side of the roadway, over-corrected and skidded off the right side of the roadway, overturning several times.
    The vehicle then traveled through a fence and came to rest upside down.
    Baxley was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Cassville.
    He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, the patrol report noted.
    An early Saturday morning crash just south of Joplin resulted in moderate injuries for a Joplin man.
    Nathan D. Smith, 39, was traveling westbound on McClelland Boulevard, one mile south of Joplin, in a 1995 Dodge Ram, when his vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.
    Smith was taken to Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin, for treatment.
    Smith was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, according to the crash report.

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