Two children have been killed in a car crash after they took their grandparents’ car for a joyride.
The two children, a seven-year-old boy and his six-year-old brother, were pronounced dead at the scene after the 2007 Buick LaCrosse was totalled, CNN reports.
The crash, which happened just east of Kansas City in the US state of Missouri on May 29, is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol.
A spokesperson from Missouri State Highway Patrol told NBC News the boys had taken the car from their grandparents’ home and drove it through a field.
According to the MSHP crash report, the vehicle travelled off the right side of the road, struck the ground and then became airborne.
The vehicle then smashed a guardrail, hit the ground and became airborne again, hitting a tensioned cable.
The car then overturned, struck a tree and veered off the road on its top before catching on fire.
MSHP investigating double fatality accident at Blue Mills and Miller (unincorporated area of Jackson County) involving two children. MSHP will provide updates. @JCSheriffOffice @JacksonCountyMO pic.twitter.com/L0DNEHkYnz— Darryl Forte' (@sheriffforte) May 30, 2020
The children have not been identified and CNN reported they were not wearing seatbelts.
The police spokesperson told NBC News it is believed speed “had to have been a contributing factor for them to have travelled, flipped et cetera”.
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