UPDATE: Wichita Teacher Killed In Crash Near Joplin

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Wichita school teacher is dead following an accident Monday morning near Joplin, Missouri.

The crash happened shortly before noon Monday on Missouri Highway 43 about 10 miles north of Joplin at Base Line Road. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a westbound SUV driven by 50-year-old John Adamson of Wichita failed to stop at a stop sign, and was broadsided by a southbound pickup truck.

Adamson and his wife Beth, as well as the 63-year-old driver of the pickup were hurt and transported to an area hospital. Beth Adamson was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Beth Adamson was a teacher at Mead Middle School. She had taught in Wichita for 25 years, with most of those years at Mueller Elementary. She moved to Mead as a social studies teacher in August 2012.

The following is a statement released by Mead's principal, Toby Martin:

"Beth Adamson was an amazing woman. She servred on the MTSS/Leadership team as well as 8th grade team leader (at Mead Middle School). She was genuine, caring and dedicated. She was one of the first staff members to arrive each day. Her thoughts were always of others and not herself. She handled students firmly and with respect and in turn they had great respect for her. She was a quiet force who could handle a tough situation in a calm manner. We have a void that will be difficult to fill."

Counselors have been made available to each of her classes and to individual students who would like to speak privately.

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