2 young women killed in Paynes Prairie crash

Press release from Florida Highway Patrol

At about 3:16 p.m. today, an SUV traveling north on U.S. 441 in the outside travel lane near Paynes Prairie crossed the grass median into the path of a van traveling southbound in the inside travel lane. The front of the van hit the side of the SUV.

The driver of the SUV, a 26-year-old female from Gainesville, and the passenger of the SUV, a 32-year-old female from Gainesville, were both pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were wearing seatbelts. The driver of the van, a 57-year-old male from Gainesville, had minor injuries. He was also wearing a seatbelt.

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Both lanes of U.S 441 were closed for some time, but they are now reopened.

The crash is still under investigation.