Two children were killed as a result of a multiple-vehicle accident on Saturday, June 25th. The incident, which took place on state Road 201 near 3400 West, occurred after a vehicle experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into a concrete barrier on the side of the road. The fatalities and injuries occurred when a red Jetta, switching lanes in an attempt to avoid hitting the car, was struck from behind by a Toyota truck.

Two girls, ages 1 and 2, were flown in near-fatal condition to the hospital by medical helicopter, where they later died. Three adults were also sustained injuries as a result of the crash.

We express our condolences to all parties involved, especially those who have lost loved ones in this accident.

Car accidents top the list of the leading causes of death among children, followed by drowning and unintentional fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Car accidents are also the leading cause of child disability (e.g., head trauma, paralysis, etc.) in the United States.

The driver of a vehicle is accountable for ensuring that child passengers are safely secured in a suitable car seat or booster seat. To protect your children, safety advocates suggest that all children under the age of 12 should avoid sitting in front and be placed in the appropriate restraint apparatus. The middle of the back seat is the safest place in the vehicle, so make sure you take these preventive measures to ensure the safety of your children.