MHP reports fatal crash on Highway 93, north of Missoula

Inc. All right

Inc. All right

Three young boys died in a vehicle crash on a Missouri highway on Tuesday, Dec. 26, according to the Associated Press.

The Montana Highway Patrol responded to the two-vehicle crash just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The report says a Chevrolet Traverse was hit by a semitrailer. The vehicle then got pushed into the path of an SUV before it ran off the highway and overturned.

The driver of the Traverse, Leticia Verde, 32, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Eric Verde, 7, Benjamin Verde, 4, and Isaac Verde, 2, died in the crash. Shawna Campbell, age undisclosed, was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Joplin with serious injuries, the patrol told the Globe.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but MHP says it does not appear that speed was a factor. He was hauling a load of turkey chicks to a poultry production facility. Three of the truck's four occupants were not wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

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