4 die after SUV tumbles down embankment, not found for hours - KCTV5

4 die after SUV tumbles down embankment, not found for hours

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Authorities say four people have died after a sport utility vehicle tumbled down a northwest Missouri embankment and wasn't discovered for several hours. (KCTV5) Authorities say four people have died after a sport utility vehicle tumbled down a northwest Missouri embankment and wasn't discovered for several hours. (KCTV5)
JAMESPORT, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Authorities say four people have died after a sport utility vehicle tumbled down a northwest Missouri embankment and wasn't discovered for several hours.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the Tuesday afternoon crash on Missouri 190 north of Jamesport killed the driver and three siblings. The victims, all from Trenton, were identified as 20-year-old Trey Shaw, 18-year-old Malachi Knapp, 19-year-old Matheson Knapp and 31-year-old Micah Knapp.

The patrol says the SUV began to skid when Shaw went off the right side of the road and overcorrected. The vehicle then went down an embankment, became airborne and struck a ditch.

The two-lane highway between Jamestown and Trenton is a quick way to get between the two rural towns. But now it serves as a reminder for families in the area how dangerous the roads can be.

A search had started before the wreckage was found. The patrol says the SUV was difficult to see, and that the victims weren't pronounced dead until seven hours after the crash.

The family’s pastor says he was on his way to join the search when the car was found.

“How you fill that void, I really don’t know. As a pastor, I’m having a hard time finding out how I can help,” pastor Doug Crawford with Union Baptist Church.

Crawford says services for the Knapp siblings are scheduled for Monday.

Shaw was driving at the time. Troopers say no one in the car was wearing a seat belt.

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