UPDATE 3 p.m.:
The identities of two women killed in a collision on Highway 5 Thursday morning have been released.
Amber L. Metcalf, 32, of Versailles and Jessica J. Brazil, 33, of Camdenton were pronounced deceased at the scene at 8:09 a.m.
The crash occurred 765 feet south of the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge, according to the crash report issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The head-on collision occurred on the land bridge area shortly after 7 a.m. March 22, 2018, according to information from the patrol.
There were three children from Camdenton in the minivan driven by Brazil.
Jordan Brazil, 4, Malachi Brazil, 2, and a six-year-old girl identified by the initials J.P. all suffered injuries described as serious in the crash report. Jordan Brazil was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment, then was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. J.P. was also transported to Lake Regional Hospital before being taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Malachi Brazil was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.
The crash report states that the northbound 2006 Chrysler Pacifica, an SUV, driven by Metcalf crossed the center line and struck the southbound 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Brazil head on.
According to information provided by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, first crews on the scene of the wreck found a vehicle in the northbound lane on fire.
Metcalf and Brazil were the second and third roadway fatalities in the MSHP Troop F region in March and the fifth and sixth overall in 2018.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: According to information provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on Highway 5 north of Harvest Road on the land bridge section of the Niangua Bridge. Two vehicles, an SUV and minivan, collided head-on. Both drivers were killed. Three children in the minivan were injured and transported to a Springfield hospital.
INITIAL REPORT: The Camden County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two fatalities in an accident on the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge Thursday morning involving at least two vehicles.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but both individuals are verified to have been in their 30s.
According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, the accident was reported at 7:05 a.m. Emergency crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle in the northbound lane on fire.
The collision occurred on the north end of the bridge near Forever Drive.
Highway 5 was closed at the bridge for several hours and reopened to traffic shortly before 10 a.m.