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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) – Two people from Villa Ridge are dead after their vehicle ran off Interstate 44 and hit a tree early Saturday morning, according to a crash report from Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The couple has been identified as Daniel Nordin, 66, and Maudie Nordin, 70. Police say they were driving eastbound on I-44 near the Eureka city limit at around 6:50 a.m. when their 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser failed to negotiate a turn and ran off the road, hitting a tree and ejecting them both.

They were pronounced dead on the scene a short time later.

The crash remains under investigation.

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