Two Leesburg children die at the scene of a violent head-on collision

Two Leesburg children died at the scene of a violent head-on collision Saturday afternoon in eastern Lake County.

The four and two-year-old were passengers in a 2011 Kia four-door that was heading west on State Road 46 at 5.40pm on Saturday at Bear Pond Access Road when the 20-year-old from Leesburg was driving The vehicle was passing other vehicles in a double-yellow no-passing zone, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report.

The vehicle collided head-on with a 2011 Toyota pickup truck carrying a trailer driven by a 44-year-old Lake Mary man. He had traveled in the opposite direction. The van overturned and caught fire. The driver and four occupants were able to exit the pickup.

Two of the children traveling in the Kia died at the scene. A one-year-old boy in the same vehicle, also from Leesburg, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando. The 20-year-old driver and a 21-year-old female passenger, also from Leesburg, were transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The two children who died at the scene were not restrained in child safety seats, the report said. One of the children was ejected from the vehicle.

It was unclear whether the seriously injured one-year-old was in a child safety seat.

The accident is still under investigation.