JASPER COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Lauren Safley, of Joplin, Missouri, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Wednesday vehicle crash in Jasper County.

Safley, 31, was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash involving a Joplin School District utility van Wednesday afternoon.


According to reports, Safley was operating a vehicle in Joplin, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle then came into head-on contact with a utility van.

A passenger in Safley’s vehicle suffered unknown injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Safley was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Safely:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Jasper County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 117,404. Its county seat is Carthage, and its largest city is Joplin. The county was organized in 1841 and named for William Jasper, a hero of the American Revolutionary War – Wikipedia.