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St. Marys couple, child killed in head-on crash near Gainesville

A four-year-old St. Marys boy is among those killed in a crash near Gainesville Saturday night.

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Four people are dead, including a St. Marys couple and their 4-year-old child, after a head-on collision in Alachua County Saturday night.

Florida Highway Patrol said at around 11:40 p.m., a 2019 Hyundai Elantra was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Waldo Road (State Road 24) when it collided head-on with a 2007 Toyota Rav4 which was traveling in the eastbound lanes. After the crash, the Elantra went up in flames. 

The Rav4 contained a St. Marys family of four which included two kids ages four-years-old and six-months.

The adults in the vehicle, identified as Christopher M. Hesling, 30, and Brittany Trowell Hesling, 31, were reported dead at the scene, FHP said. Their 4-year-old son Jack Hesling was also killed in the crash, according to friends on social media. The couple's 6-month-old daughter Maggie Hessling survived with minor injuries, according to FHP.

The driver of the Elantra was also reported dead at the scene, FHP said. Law enforcement officials are working to identify the driver of the Elantra due to a post-collision fire.