The Joplin Police Department responded to a one vehicle crash around 6:02am at 2525 W. 20th today, where a 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup had left the roadway and struck a parked trailer. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Eric Bower of Neosho, was critically injured in the crash and transported to Freeman West Hospital. The passenger of the vehicle, 19-year-old Tyler Bower, also of Neosho, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation by the Major Crash Team of the Joplin Police Department. At this time it is not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.