Emergency personnel work to free a victim from a three-vehicle accident as an Air Evac helicopter arrives on the scene Friday morning on U.S. 63 about six miles south of Houston. One person was killed and two seriously injured.

One person was killed and two seriously injured in a crash Friday morning at Simmons on U.S. 63, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Tpr. Mark Philpott said a northbound 2004 Kia Sorento driven by Sean M. Rief, 27, of Bucyrus, crossed the centerline and sideswiped a southbound 2003 Yamaha motorcycle operated by David R. Mathis, 56, of Cabool. The Rief vehicle then struck a southbound 2008 Dodge Caliber head-on driven by Amber M. Brignole, 30, of Licking, which plunged down an embankment.

Brignole was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Thomas Whittaker. Rief and Mathis were flown from the scene to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. 

Both vehicles were totaled in the 10:10 a.m. crash about six miles south of Houston near the Simmons Ford bridge. U.S. 63 was closed as authorities worked the accident. Seven highway patrol officers were on the scene. The Houston Rural Fire Department Rescue Squad worked to free Rief from his vehicle. Both cars were totaled, Philpott said. The Cabool Rural Fire Department also responded.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, Philpott said.

Earlier: The Missouri State Highway Patrol said one person was killed and two injured in a three-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. 63 south of Houston.

The name of the victim, a female, has not been released. Her vehicle traveled down an embankment near the Simmons Ford Bridge. Two other vehicles – a motorcycle and SUV – were also involved.

Traffic was stopped in both directions following the 10:20 a.m. accident. The Houston Rural Fire Department extracted the driver of the SUV from the vehicle. Multiple ambulances as well as Air Evac also responded.

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