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2 women killed, 2 children injured in crash on SR 26, FHP says

Troopers say man also seriously hurt

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Two women were killed and three people, including two children, were injured in a crash Saturday night in Putnam County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the two-vehicle crash happened shortly after 6:50 p.m. on State Road 26 near Swan Lake Road.

According to the Highway Patrol, an SUV was traveling west on S.R. 26 when it tried to pass a vehicle traveling in front of it and crossed the double yellow centerline. As the SUV was passing the vehicle in a no-passing zone, the front of the SUV struck the front of a sedan traveling east on S.R. 26.

Troopers said the driver of the sedan, a 33-year-old Gainesville woman, and the passenger in the sedan, a 24-year-old Gainesville woman, died at the scene.

According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the SUV, a 43-year-old Melrose man, and one of the passengers in the SUV, a 9-year-old Gainesville boy, were seriously injured. Troopers said the other passenger in the SUV, an 11-year-old Gainesville girl, suffered minor injuries.

An FHP news release shows the 43-year-old and 9-year-old were not wearing seat belts.