Missouri teens killed after their van crashes into tree

Rescue crews search a wrecked car in a wooded area of Clarksville, Missouri, after a 17-year-old driver and two passengers were killed in a car crash A 17-year-old driver was killed along with two…

Missouri teens killed after their van crashes into tree

Rescue crews search a wrecked car in a wooded area of Clarksville, Missouri, after a 17-year-old driver and two passengers were killed in a car crash

A 17-year-old driver was killed along with two passengers after they lost control of their vehicle on Tuesday and crashed into a tree in a wooded area in Missouri, authorities said.

The crash occurred in Jackson County in the southern part of the state, about 130 miles (209km) southwest of St Louis.

Three of the teens were killed on impact, a spokesman for the Jackson County sheriff’s office said. Two others were injured and taken to hospitals.

The deadly crash was reported on October 29 at about 4.15pm local time, the sheriff’s office said. A trailer being pulled behind the vehicle was heavily damaged in the crash.

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“Investigators believe a trailer ride associated with the vehicle was hauling debris associated with the type of service they provide to area residents,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

A small crowd gathered Tuesday evening on a county road as first responders gathered at the crash site, televised images showed.

Tiffany Hettich, who lives a few hundred yards away, said: “It’s just awful, I can’t even begin to describe how awful this is.”

Hettich, 28, was in her yard with her husband and their two children when she heard the crash. They rushed to the scene and saw someone dead and others who seemed to be trapped, she said.

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