According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, a truck driven by Tony Francis, 36, of Mountain View, Mo., crossed the center line on Route E, one mile south of Moody, striking a car driven by Evan Cochran, 20, of Glencoe.
Smoke from a grassfire was covering the roadway at the time of the accident, limiting visability.
Cochran was transported to the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with moderate injuries. Two passengers in his vehicle, Albert Eakin, 20, of Salem, and Shane Thornton, 25, of Salem, were airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., with serious injuries.
Francis and two passengers in his vehicle were taken to the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home with minor to moderate injuries.
According to Blake Bowers, Chief of the Lanton Volunteer Fire Department, it is believed a vehicle towing a trailer caused several fires along Route E in the Moody area, because a chain on the trailer was dragging on the pavement, throwing off sparks.
The Moody and Lanton Fire Departments were joined by the Sturkie and Viola Fire Departments, along with Fulton County EMS.
Besides the automobile accident, two barns were destroyed by the scattered fires.
Thanks to the efforts of firefighers, at least three homes were saved from the speading fires.