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FHP: 5 killed, 2 injured in Clay County crash

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A head-on crash near Keystone Heights on Tuesday afternoon killed five adults, injured two children and shut down traffic on State Road 21, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Two vehicles collided on SR 21 near State Road 16 about 3 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said it happened when a northbound Toyota carrying four adults and two children on SR 21 veered across the center line and struck a southbound Nissan.

The four adults in the Toyota died, Capt. Keith Gaston told First Coast News.

The children in the Toyota, ages 2 and 4, are in critical but stable condition and are expected to recover, troopers said.

The lone driver of the Nissan, Chelsea L. Johnson, 22, of Melrose, did not survive the wreck.

The crash shut down traffic in both directions. Deputies and troopers are urging drivers to avoid the area and find alternate routes. Instead, try using SR 100 if you're coming from Palatka or Starke, deputies said.

We'll update this developing story as we learn more.


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