Southwestern Comm College suffers loss of two people in Saturday crash


October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HOPKINS, Mo. (AP) – An accident early Saturday morning in northwest Missouri claimed the lives of three people, including a current student at, and an alum of, Southwestern Community College, in Creston. The Missouri State Patrol says the crash occurred at around 2:15-a.m. Saturday, one half mile east of Hopkins.

Officials say a pickup driven by 22-year old Scott R. Woods, of Hopkins, ran off the road, overturned and caught fire. Woods refused treatment at the scene. Three passengers in the vehicle were killed. Two passengers suffered serious injuries, while another had only minor injuries. None of the seven people in the pickup were wearing their seatbelts.

Those who died in the crash were identified as 21-year-old Joshua Bix and 22-year-old Benjamin McIntyre, both of Hopkins, and 18-year-old Chrystal Olerich, of Lake View, Iowa. Bix graduated from SWCC in Creston, where Olerich was a freshman volleyball player.