A head on collision took the life of four people, including two young children, and injured five others Wednesday afternoon near Santa Ysabel.

According to accident reports, a Honda Odyssey piloted by a 33 year old woman and carrying a 67 year old female passenger and six children ranging from age 3 to 13 was traveling eastbound on State Route 78 near the intersection with State Route 79 at around 3:15 p.m. when it smashed head on with a 2010 Pontiac Vibe SUV.

The high speed collision killed the drivers of the two vehicles instantly, as well as two of the young girls, ages 8 and 9. The five remaining occupants inside the van also suffered injuries of varying levels of severity.

A 6 year old girl suffered major, possibly life threatening wounds, along with a 3 year old boy, an 8 year old boy, and a 13 year old girl who suffered moderate injuries. The 67 year old woman, who was sitting in the front seat, also suffered major injuries.

The three most seriously injured were airlifted to a nearby hospital, while the other two were taken by ambulance to the same location.

The accident forced the closure of both directions of State Route 78 two miles west of State Route 79 for more than four hours as police and fire crews worked to clear the accident from the scene.

Both vehicles were almost completely destroyed, with the entire front half of the Honda van almost totally unrecognizable as a car.

At this time there is no indication about who may have been at fault, or of the circumstances that led to the accident. Police are currently conducting a thorough investigation to uncover the causes. There is no word on any drugs or alcohol being involved, or if any dangerous maneuvers were to blame.

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