3 die in southern Missouri traffic accident

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MANSFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri man and two women from Kentucky were killed and four other people were injured in a head-on collision in southern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred late Sunday on U.S. 60 about 3 miles east of Mansfield.

The patrol says a pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Austin Branham of Mansfield crossed the highway median and collided head-on with a van driven by 54-year-old Melanie Hays of Melber, Kentucky. After the impact, Branham’s truck overturned and caught fire.

Branham, Hays and a passenger in her van, 76-year-old Shirley Phillips, of Bardwell, Kentucky, died in the accident.

Four other passengers in Hays’ van suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to a Springfield hospital.

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