Friday, June 21, 2019

Diamond trucker killed, two injured in fiery four-vehicle crash on I-44

A Diamond man was killed in a four-vehicle accident 7 p.m. Thursday on I-44, three-quarters of a mile east of Duenweg.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2006 International tractor-trailer unit driven by Robert G. Horton, 47, Diamond, struck the median cable, caught fire and crossed the median into eastbound traffic.

The Horton vehicle struck the towed unit of a 2012 Freightliner driven by Ernesto A. Aguayochavez, 48, Corona, California, causing the rear axles of the towed unit to hit a 2012 Hyundai driven by Metasha M. Olson, 46, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Horton vehicle then struck a 2018 Dodge Ram driven by James T. Barnes, 33, Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

Jasper County Chief Coroner George Woodward pronounced Horton dead at the scene at 7:09 p.m.

Aguayochavez and Olson were treated for minor injuries at Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

The fatality was the 43rd this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.

(The accompanying video is from Shannon Becker at Joplin News First/KODE/KSN.)

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