WEST PLAINS, MO - A Howell County prisoner transport guard and a female prisoner were both killed Thursday afternoon in a 2-vehicle accident on U.S. 63 near Houston, MO. The accident occured at 4:27 p.m., taking the lives of 35-year-old Laura Whittingham, a guard, and 36-year-old Lisa Oliver, a prisoner. Two other people in the sheriff's department vehicle were critically injured. They were identified as Deputy Dennis Maddux, 53, and 33-year-old prisoner Larry Marsh. The two were both taken to the Texas County Memorial Hospital at Houston before being transferred to hospitals in Springfield.
Both prisoners were being transported back to the Howell County Jail from the Missouri Dept. of Corrections. The accident is being investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol's Major Crash Squad.