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      Three killed in Rt. B crash in Cole Co.

      Crash on Rt. B in Cole Co kills three

      Three people were killed after an accident on Rt. B in Cole County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 58-year-old Wanda Coons, 44-year-old William Coons and 12-year-old Shadrach Rowden, all from Meta, were killed in the crash on Route B near St. Thomas Thursday at about 5:30 p.m.. William Coons Ford Focus hit the tractor trailer John Birkner, 53, was driving head-on and caught fire. The Mo Highway Patrol says the truck driver was coming north from the Diamond Pet Foods plant in Meta and reported the car was in the wrong lane before the crash. Birkner, of Coulterville, Ill., was not seriously injured. The Highway Patrol reported none of car passengers were wearing seatbelts.