Officials: Three people dead after 21-year-old driver crosses center line, hits 2 people from Higginsville head on

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GAINESVILLE, Mo.  — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says three people have been killed in a head-on crash in south-central Missouri.

Springfield television station KYTV reports that 21-year-old Daniel Klessig, of Gainesville, and 52-year-old Marti Cowherd and 57-year-old Paul Cowherd, both of Higginsville, died in the Friday night crash.

The patrol says Klessig was driving northbound on a county road just north of Gainesville when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head on with the Cowherds’ southbound vehicle.

Paul Cowherd and Klessig were pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says Marti Cowherd died at a hospital.

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