3 Killed in Eastern Missouri Crash

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) — A teenage driver and two young passengers are dead following a collision on an eastern Missouri highway.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened shortly after noon Thursday on U.S. 61 near Ste. Genevieve, about 50 miles south of St. Louis.

The patrol says 19-year-old Paige Johnson, of Ste. Genevieve, was driving north when she tried to pass another vehicle, lost control and veered into the southbound lanes. Johnson’s car collided with a southbound pickup truck.

Authorities say the crash killed Johnson and her two passengers, 10-year-old Clayton Grass and 12-year-old Lucas Welton, both of Ste. Genevieve. All three were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the pickup truck was flown to a hospital with what the patrol described as moderate injuries.

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