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Three children killed, two other people injured in crash


Troy, Mo. – A minivan crossed into the path of a tanker truck Tuesday in Lincoln County, claiming the lives of three children, and critically injuring a mother and her son. The truck driver was not hurt.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum said the minivan driver, 31-year-old Valerie Yardley of the Moscow Mills area, and her 2-year-old son, Payton, are in critical condition.

Killed were her 9-month-old daughter, Savannah Yardley, her 9-year-old nephew, Nicholas Herbert, and 5-year-old niece, Sophia Herbert.

Yardley was on an outer road and attempting to head north on Highway 61 in Lincoln County outside of Troy.

A truck already heading north on the highway struck the driver's side of the minivan. Yardley was ejected from the vehicle.