Missouri Highway Patrol investigated a fatal car accident early Sunday morning that killed three and injured five.

Just before 4 a.m., Robert S. Batson, 26, of Sullivan, Mo., was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Interstate 44 near mile marker 236, when his 2004 Sab 2.0 struck the front left corner of the 2013 Toyota Sienna driven by Sushma Settipalli, 32, of Plano, Texas.

Batson's car slid to the left side of the highway and came to a rest within the median cables. Settipalli's car slid to the right side of the highway and came to a stop in the road.

Mahidhar Settipalli, 2, Sushma Settipalli and Batson were pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS.

There were seven passengers in Settipalli's car. All seven were wearing safety devices.

Keerthana and Ratnakur Settipalli, 39, were taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

Chinmayee Guupalli, 23, of Atlanta, Ga., and Vaishnavi Yerneni, 22, of Houston, Texas were taken to Mercy Hospital with moderate injuries.

Tagore Gullapalli, 21, of Plano, Texas, was taken to Mercy Hospital with minor injuries.