File photo of U.S. Highway 60 or James River Freeway in Springfield on a December, 2022 day. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

On the morning of Jan. 20, at 1 a.m., three people were killed and six others injured in a head-on collision on James River Freeway near West Bypass, according to police.

Steven Jordan, 65, who police suspect to have been intoxicated, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane in a 1991 Dodge Ram truck. Near West Bypass, the truck collided head-on with a 2021 Ford Expedition that had eight adults, all from Texas. 

“Intoxication is believed to be a factor in this crash,” the Springfield Police Department said in a news release. “The investigation is ongoing as to the circumstances involved in the crash. Anyone with any information about the crash is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department.”

Of the Expedition occupants, three were killed, including Sharon Farmer, 69, Ukena Farmer, 45, and Stephen Figgins, 61. Three others were transported to the hospital and are currently in critical, but stable, condition. The remaining two occupants sustained minor injuries. 

The families of the deceased have been notified, according to SPD. 

Jordan, a Republic resident, has also been hospitalized with injuries.

This marks the third fatal crash in Springfield in 2023, bringing the total number of fatalities to five.

Jack McGee

Jack McGee is the business and economic development reporter at the Springfield Daily Citizen. He previously covered politics and elections for the Citizen. Before that, he worked at documentary film company Carbon Trace Productions and Missouri State University’s student-led newspaper, The Standard. He’s an MSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a minor political science. Reach him at jmcgee@sgfcitizen.org or (417) 719-5129. More by Jack McGee