A collision on Missouri 19 two miles south of Center at 8:30 Wednesday evening claims three lives.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says a pickup driven by 33 year old Steven Valley of Belle Missouri crossed the centerline and hit a large SUV driven by 43 year old Kerk Friday of Otho Iowa head on. Troopers say the crash claimed the lives of Steven Valley and two passengers in the SUV—68 year old Kenneth Friday of Otho Iowa and 44 year old Chon Rushton of Ft. Dodge Iowa. Kerk Friday sustained serious injuries and was taken by survival flight to University Hospital in Columbia. The crash resulted in the closure of Missouri 19 for several hours.