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Tragic accident kills 3

The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, see a huge number of vehicles each day, coming and going from work, home, school, shopping and many other places. The sheer volume of vehicles means that, of course, a plethora of car accidents each year is inevitable, and that was the case in late December.

The crash resulted in the tragic deaths of three innocent young children. The children, all Neosho residents, were brothers ages 7, 4 and 2. The brothers were all pronounced dead at the site of the accident. According to a county deputy coroner, they died due to the physical impact suffered in the accident. One had been in a car seat, another in a seat with a safety belt on and another in a seat without a safety belt on.

In addition to their deaths, six other people were injured, according to information provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. One of those six other people was the brothers' mother, who had been driving the vehicle that they were in.

That vehicle had been going west around 6:40 p.m., on a recent Tuesday, heading towards Neosho. It never reached its destination, because it was suddenly hit by an eastbound tractor-trailer. The collision sent the family's vehicle careening through the center line of Highway 86.

The calamity was compounded when an SUV, which had been behind the tractor-trailer and also going east, struck the side of the family's vehicle, sending their vehicle off the road where it overturned. Five occupants of the SUV, who were traveling towards their homes in Fairview, were injured.

State troopers launched an investigation to ascertain answers to any unresolved aspects of the accident, which is being attributed in part to the narrowness of the bridge where the first collision occurred. Family members of the deceased are mourning the loss of life with the support of friends.

Source: The Joplin Globe, "UPDATED: 'Very, very tragic' crash kills 3 children outside Stark City," Koby Levin, Dec. 27, 2017

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Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.