Bristol police said two young children were killed in an early morning crash along Route 229, also known as Middle Street.
The serious two-car crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Enterprise Drive.
Officials said it appears a Nissan Sentra that was heading northbound on Route 229 crossed the double yellow line striking an on-coming mini-van head on.
The four occupants of the Nissan, which included two children ages 4 and 7 in the rear seat, all had to be extricated. Both of the kids were rushed to Bristol Hospital, but later died. Police said the driver of the car, the children's mother, was taken to a Hartford area hospital with serious injuries and a third passenger had to be flown by a Life Star helicopter to the hospital.
The driver and a passenger in the mini-van were also seriously injured. Both were taken by ambulances to area hospitals.
"I woke up immediately, I heard my mom screaming there was a car accident, I couldn't believe it, the car was so damaged," said Jomar Rodriguez.
Rodriguez and his family watched the entire accident unfold.
"My mom was over here worried because she heard the person yelling for help and my dad rushed over there to help, but police came and they told us to step away from the scene," Rodriguez said.
Police said a second passenger may have also been in the mini-van at the time of the crash and that person may have fled the scene on foot before police arrived and has not been located.
Families in the area say drivers do speed through there. Rodriguez and his parents witnessed another fatal crash in front of their home in 2011.
"There was a car where the fire hydrant is, there was a crash there, the car was damaged so bad, there was snow. Unfortunately, the driver passed away," Rodriguez said.
This family says last night was a night he will never forget.
"It will stick with me every day of my life, seeing that those two kids passed away," Rodriguez said.
Police said all the victims suffered serious injuries to various areas of their body including their heads, chests and legs.
Police have not released the identity of any of those involved in the crash at this time and the crash remains under investigation.
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