One Fatality and Five Hospitalized


In Barton County, the at-fault driver failed to stop at a stop sign which caused a two-vehicle collision, seriously injuring five and one fatality.

On September 14, 2013 at approximately 11:05 a.m., Caleb Neely, age 23 of Dadeville, Missouri was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Impala along with passengers: Devin Walter, age 23 of Topeka, Kansas; Nicholas Chase, age 22 of Olathe, Kansas; Tracy Morgan, age 20 of Argonia, Kansas; and Kaylene Wray, age 20 of Pomona, Kansas. Crystal Carter, age 30 of Lamar, Missouri was operating a 1994 Ford F150 pickup truck along with passenger Hiram Ruth, age 32 of Lamar, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Caleb Neely was traveling in the eastbound direction on Missouri 126 as Crystal Carter was traveling in the northbound direction on Missouri 43, 10 miles southwest of Lamar. The crash occurred as Caleb Neely failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of Crystal’s vehicle. Crystal collided with the right side of Caleb’s vehicle. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway and Crystal’s vehicle overturned.

Nicholas Chase was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Barton County coroner, Frank Agee, and then transported to Daniel’s Funeral Home in Lamar, Missouri. Tracy Morgan, Devin Walter, and Kaylene Wray received serious injuries and were transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. Crystal Carter and Hiram Ruth received serious injuries and were transported by air evacuation to Freeman West Hospital.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Nicholas Chase was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Caleb Neely’s 2005 Chevrolet Impala received total damages and was towed by Affordable Towing of Lamar, Missouri. Crystal Carter’s 1994 F150 pickup truck received total damages and was towed by Abernathy Towing of Lamar, Missouri.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop D. This is Troop D’s 80th fatality for 2013.


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