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2 dead in Putnam County crash, FHP investigating

Authorities said the crash happened on State Road 26 in Melrose.
Credit: KUSA

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — Two women are dead and three other people were injured after a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Putnam County.

The crash happened at about 6:52 p.m. on State Road 26 near Swan Lake Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 43-year-old man driving an SUV west on State Road 26 when he crossed over double yellow lines to pass another car, the FHP said. The SUV hit an oncoming sedan driven by a 33-year-old woman head-on.

The 33-year-old woman, as well as her 24-year-old female passenger, both died at the scene, according to the FHP.

The driver of the SUV, as well as two children in the vehicle with him, were all injured in the crash. The driver and the younger of the two children were both seriously hurt, while the older child received minor injuries, the FHP said.