Two members of a Bentonville family were killed and several others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that took place at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon on U.S. 71 in Pineville.
Bethany J. Boxx, 20, and Katelyn M. Boxx, 16, were pronounced dead at the scene by McDonald County Coroner B.J. Goodwin. Their bodies were taken to Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson.
Gracen V. Boxx, 18, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Joplin’s Freeman West Hospital for treatment. David L. Boxx, 51, was airlifted to Freeman Hospital with moderate injuries, while his wife, Janet M. Boxx, 50, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Bentonville for treatment of minor injuries. Another person, 21-year-old O’Rane G. Williams of Conway, Ark., was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of moderate injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened as a northbound 2002 Dodge Ram truck driven by Troy C. Robins, 19, of Pineville changed lanes in front of a northbound 2013 Chevrolet 2500 driven by Roger D. Wilson, 47, of Mudrow, Okla., causing the Wilson truck to strike the Robins truck in the rear. The Robins truck then crossed the center of the roadway and struck a southbound 2000 Toyota Sienna van driven by David Boxx in the driver’s side. After impact, the Boxx van went off of the right side of the roadway and overturned.
In accordance with state law, Robins and Wilson were tested for alcohol.
All of those involved were wearing seat belts, with the exception of Williams and Wilson, a patrol report noted.
Granby man killed in head-on collision
A Granby man was killed in a head-on collision that took place at 9:50 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 59, four miles east of Neosho.
Randall E. Couch, 25, was pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m. at the scene by Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges. Couch’s body was taken to Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.
The other driver, trucker Steve K. Breesawitz of Goodson, Mo., suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was taken to Joplin’s Freeman West Hospital for treatment.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened as a southbound 2006 Mazda 3 driven by Couch crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2004 Freightliner tractor / trailer unit head-on.
In accordance with state law, the surviving driver, Breesawitz, was tested for alcohol.
In addition to the highway patrol, the Neosho Fire Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.
Joplin woman hurt in crash
A Joplin woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash that took place at 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Douglas Fir Road, a mile south of Redings Mill.
Stacey L. Gamble, 48, was taken to Freeman West Hospital for treatment.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened as an eastbound 2007 GMC Denali driven by Gamble ran off of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Gamble was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, a patrol report noted.
Boy, 7, hurt in ATV crash on Christmas day
A McDonald County youth was seriously injured when he ran off of the road on his ATV and hit a tree on Christmas Day.
Gage Sherwood, 7, of Powell, was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 25 on Creekside Road in Powell. The boy was westbound on a 1986 Honda TRX70 ATV, and was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, a patrol report noted.