Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Three people have died in area traffic accidents Wednesday, while a fourth is in very critical condition.

Two St. Louis men died in a pre-dawn head-on accident on Interstate 55 near Reavis Barracks.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the victims as 41-year-old Carlyon Johnson and 28-year-old Donta Brown. Investigators say Johnson’s SUV was going southbound in the northbound lanes, when it hit Brown’s car.

They are trying to determine where Johnson got onto the highway and why he was going the wrong way.

The accident happened about 3 a.m. Neither victim was wearing a seat belt.

A House Springs woman was killed in an accident at about 8:20 a.m. in Jefferson County.

Investigators say 32-year-old Barbara Winschel pulled away from the stop sign at Route M at St. Luke’s Road and into the path of a tanker truck.

Winschel was not wearing a seat belt. The truck’s driver was not hurt.

The patrol says one of the motorists involved in this morning’s multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 44 near 141 may not make it.

Details on that accident have not been released.

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