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JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) — Two young children died in a car accident Friday evening after they took keys to the family vehicle and began driving it.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol said a 6-year-old and 7-year-old took the vehicle and started driving it around the property, but then continued onto E. Blue Mills Road and N. Miller Drive.

According to the crash report, the 7-year-old driver traveled at a high rate of speed and lost control. The car traveled off the roadway and struck the ground, becoming airborne.

The car then struck a guardrail, struck the ground again becoming airborne for the second time. The car struck a guywire, began overturning, struck a tree, and came to a rest off the road on it’s top where it then caught fire.

The wreck happened just after 4 p.m.

Authorities said neither child was wearing a seat belt.

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