Father, 3 Children, Girlfriend Killed In Mo. Crash

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ARCHIE, Mo. (AP) _ A father, three of his children and his girlfriend have died in a crash while headed to buy fireworks on the Fourth of July in western Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred Thursday afternoon when the victims' westbound vehicle ran off a Cass County road just east of Archie, over-corrected and skidded sideways across the roadway. Their vehicle was then struck in the side by a second vehicle.

The patrol identified the victims as 22-year-old Aleah Lucas of Olathe, Kan.; 8-year-old Anna Rittermeyer; 32-year-old Jason Rittermeyer; 10-year-old Noah Rittermeyer, and 9-year-old Sage Rittermeyer. The patrol says the Rittermeyers were all from Archie.

Noah Rittermeyer and an older brother belonged to a Boy Scout troop that Jennie Whiteside leads. She described the family as ``awesome.''