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Coroner releases names of three killed in Kirksville crash

The passenger car carried one female, who was medevaced to Northeast Regional Medical Center, the other two, a male and a female, died at the scene. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

UPDATE:

On Monday night, Adair County Coroner Brian Noe told KTVO the names of the three people killed in a head-on crash on Highway 63 on Monday afternoon.

The driver of the car involved was Rachel Morris, 19, of Queen City, Missouri. She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The couple in the SUV was Wayne Laudwig, 84, and his wife, Gwen Laudwig, 76, of Greentop, Missouri. They were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just north of the Highway 63 and Illinois Street Intersection.

The Kirksville Police Department is in charge of the crash investigation. Officers have still not provided details about how the crash happened. Deputy Chief Steve Farnsworth said it would probably be Tuesday morning before any further details were released.

First responders were called to the scene of a multiple fatality crash in Kirksville Monday afternoon after an SUV and passenger car collided on Highway 63.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe confirmed that three people were killed in the collision.

The head-on wreck happened a quarter-mile north of the Illinois intersection.

The female driver of the car was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center where she later died.

A male and a female, who were in the SUV, died at the scene.

No names have been released at the time of publication.

Police are still piecing together how the deadly crash happened.

Highway 63 was closed between Route P and Illinois Street while crews cleared the wreckage from the roadway.




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