KENNETT -- Two Dunklin County residents were killed in a head-on collision that also injured a Scott County man and Dunklin County woman Thursday afternoon near Kennett. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 3:50 p.m. on Missouri Highway 125, one mile north of Kennett, the accident occurred as southbound motorist Darryl W. Roberts, 40, of Sikeston drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and crossed the center line, striking the northbound vehicle driven by Virgil L. Smart, 82, of Clarkton head on. Smart and his passenger, Rose E. Smart, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene at the scene by Dunklin County coroner Jack Adkins; they were taken to Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden. Smart's other passenger, Hattie L. Smith, 33, of Clarkton sustained serious injuries and was air evacuated to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Roberts received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Twin Rivers Medical Center in Kennett.