2 killed in early morning crash on Barton County highway

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Sep. 11—Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash at 4:35 a.m. Saturday on Missouri Highway 43, 6 miles south of Liberal in Barton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The driver of one vehicle, Shelby K. Stinnett, 30, of Joplin, and a passenger in the second vehicle, a 17-year-old boy from Oronogo, both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Barton County coroner, the patrol said.

The driver of the second vehicle and another passenger, a 15-year-old boy from Carl Junction and a 16-year-old boy from Joplin, were taken to regional hospitals with serious injuries, the patrol said.

The patrol said Stinnett's southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the teens' vehicle head-on.