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Wrong Way Crash Into Light Pole Kills Man In Joplin

Wrong Way Crash Into Light Pole Kills Man In Joplin

By Austin Robertson. CREATED Dec 8, 2013

A wrong-way driver is dead after crashing into a traffic light pole in Joplin.

Police say witnesses told them an SUV was going north in the southbound lanes of Range Line Road, slamming into a signal support pole at 20th Street.

Rescue crews pulled the driver, 37-year-old Rance Mata, out and got him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say once they can notify the victim's family, his name will be released.