NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Highway Patrol says proper restraints miminized the injuries of two kids who lost their mother in a crash in Nodaway County.

The head on collision occurred after 9:00 Saturday night on Missouri 148, three miles South of Hopkins. A southbound vehicle driven by Justin E. Snuffer, 37, of Hopkins, spun out on the snow covered road, went off the right shoulder then crossed the road and struck Austin J. Bird, 16, of Hopkins, head on. Bird and Snuffer were hospitalized with moderate injuries. Snuffer’s wife Sharon R. Snuffer, 34, died at the scene.

Their two children, ages 1 and five, escaped without injuries.