A Joplin man was injured and one of two horses he was hauling in a horse trailer had to be euthanized after a crash Saturday on County Route HH west of Carthage.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Charles E. Goodwin, 56, Joplin, was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin after the crash that happened at 10:08 a.m. on Saturday.
The patrol said the man was driving a pickup truck westbound on County Route HH near County Road 175 when his truck slid off the road and overturned.
Carthage Fire Deputy Chief Roger Williams said the truck was pulling a horse trailer, carrying two horses inside, when it ran off the road. The trailer overturned with the truck.
Williams said one horse escaped with minor injuries and was taken from the scene, but firefighters could not extricate the other horse.
“It was too badly injured so it had to be put down at the scene,” Williams said. “It just couldn't be gotten out of the trailer alive.”
While Carthage firefighters were working the accident on County Route HH, they received another call of a house fire in Carthage.
Williams said firefighters responded to 402 Claxton St., where they found a small, one-story, wood-framed home with fire in a back bedroom.
Williams said a couple and three children lived in the home, but none of them were home at the time of the fire.
Firefighters contained the fire to the back bedroom and basement, but the rest of the house was damaged by smoke and water and was not livable.
The American Red Cross responded to provide shelter and necessities for the family.
Shortly after the fire, firefighters responded to a crash at the intersection of Missouri Highways 96 and 171 west of Carthage.
No one was injured in that crash.
A Joplin teenager was killed in a single-car crash on Fir Road about a mile west of Carl Junction on Saturday morning, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Kolbin S. Evans, 16, Joplin, was killed in the crash, which happened at 10:28 a.m. on Saturday.
The patrol said Kolbin's car was traveling east on Fir Road when it ran off the left side of the road, struck a concrete culvert and overturned.
Evans was taken to Freeman West Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The patrol said Evan's death was the 97th fatality in Southwest Missouri in 2013.