Head-on crash kills 4 north of Lebanon

LEBANON, Mo. (KSPR) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says four people died in a crash on Missouri 5 north of Lebanon.

The head-on crash between two cars happened near Orchard Drive near the rural Water District tower late Friday afternoon. Two people died in each car. A witness said a southbound car was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and making bad passes on the three-lane highway before the crash.

The witness said a man was driving the southbound car and he had a woman as a passenger. She said at least one man was in the northbound car.

The Highway Patrol has not released the names of the victims, pending family notification.

Traffic in both directions was blocked and travelers were diverted to county and city roads. A traveler called the newsroom shortly before 6 p.m. and said southbound traffic was backed up all the way to Camdenton, about 20 miles away.