3 dead, 5 injured following multi-vehicle accident on I-44 overn - KMOV.com

3 dead, 5 injured following multi-vehicle accident on I-44 overnight

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Three people are dead and five others are injured after an early morning accident involving several vehicles. 

The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 44 (I-44), in the westbound lanes in Franklin County. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Robert Batson was headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-44 when his vehicle collided with another vehicle. 

Batson's 2004 Saab 2.0 struck the left-front corner of Sushma Settipalli, who was driving a 2013 Toyota Sienna. 

Authorities said the collision sent Batson's vehicle off the left side of the highway, and stopped in the median cables. Settipalli's vehicle went off the right side. 

Settipalli and Batson both died in the accident, along with another passenger in Settipalli's vehicle; 2 year-old Mahidar Settipalli. Altogether, Settipalli's vehicle was carrying seven people, including herself. 

The other five passengers suffered injuries, varying from minor to serious. 

The accident caused the left lanes of westbound I-44 to remain closed for hours. They have since been cleared and reopened since 6:50 a.m. 

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