JASPER COUNTY — Two adult drivers died Saturday afternoon in a car accident northwest of Sarcoxie.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol report stated Bonnie S. Weaver, 75 of Tulsa, Okla., traveled west bound in the east bound lanes of I-44. The vehicle struck an SUV, killing Weaver and 58-year-old Johnny L. Washburn of Asbury.
The head-on collision also seriously injured the four passengers related to Washburn.
An ambulance transported Abby Washburn, 19, Deborah A. Washburn, 49, Karli J. Washburn, 12, and Samantha J. Washburn, 13, to Freeman West Hospital located in Joplin.
The Jasper County coroner pronounced the drivers' deaths nearly 20 minutes after Troop D's response.
Officials transported both drivers to Joplin Mortuary Service in Webb City. Authorities notified next of kin.
This accident makes Troop D's second and third fatalities for 2013.