Three killed in head-on collision in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Authorities in Franklin County say three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash around 10:40 FatalCrashThursday night on Route 149 just west of the intersection with Parrish Circle between Zeigler and West Frankfort.

Sheriff Don Jones says 22-year-old Nicholas D. Beasley of Zeigler was driving his car east and crossed over into the westbound lane hitting a truck head on driven by 55-year-old Sherri D. Patton of Benton.

The two drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County coroner. A passenger in Patton’s truck, 60-year-old Kristeen R. Long of Christopher, was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to Herrin Hospital.

The crash is under investigation.