PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Authorities say three children have been killed in an SUV crash near Hayti.
It happened Sunday evening on Interstate 55.
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers say 28-year-old Cherrina Gaines lost control of the SUV with nine other people after a tire blowout. The SUV rolled over several times, throwing everyone out of the vehicle.
There were ten people in the SUV. All were from Jackson, Mississippi.
The victims have been identified as 13-year-old Brandaeja Cason, 10-year-old Demaggio Gaines and an infant, Javon Cason.
Another infant and three other children under the age of 10 and three adults were also hurt. They were either flown or taken by ambulances to hospitals in Memphis and Hayti. All suffered serious injuries.
The group was on their way home to Mississippi.
Troopers say too many people were in the vehicle and the highlights the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
"The thing that is really frustrating to me is when we hear some of these traffic crashes where it's usually small children involved and that's because small children are allowed to roam around in the back of a sport utility vehicle, a station wagon, a crossover type thing," said Trooper Clark Parrott. "They need to be restrained. It's senseless."
No one in the SUV was wearing a seatbealt, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 55 were shut down for a time from mile markers 8-32. According to the Pemiscot Sheriff's Office, all lanes are now open.