IRON COUNTY, Mo. – Two people have died and two others are hurt after a head-on crash Thursday evening in rural Missouri.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that Keith Johns, 65, of Salem, Missouri, and Daniel Martin, unknown age, of Viburnum, Missouri, died in the crash. Next of kin has been notified. The crash happened just before 8 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Route 32, nearly eight miles east of Bixby.

Investigators say Johns was heading northbound in a vehicle alone when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle with three people. Johns and Martin were pronounced dead at the scene. A 40-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were also hurt in the crash.

MSHP Troop E, which covers several counties in southeast Missouri, has investigated 38 traffic-related deaths in 2022.