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Florida mother and son die after out-of-control car hits train

  • Classie Jones and her son Benjamin Taylor died in horror crash on Monday night
  • Ms Jones lost control of the car on US Highway 17 in Bartow about 11.45pm
  • She and her son were rushed to local hospitals but they both died shortly after
  • Police believe speed and impairment could have caused the crash 

A mother and her three-year-old son have died after their out-of-control car crashed into a parked train.

Classie Jones, 29, and her child Benjamin Taylor, three, were driving along the US Highway 17 in Bartow, Florida, when Ms Jones lost control of the vehicle, The Ledger reported.

The silver Toyota Corolla then moved across the median strip and on to the other side of the road when she smashed in to the train about 11.45pm.

A mother, 29, and her three-year-old son have died after the woman’s car span out of control and she slammed into a parked train on Monday night (pictured)

Classie Jones (pictured) was not wearing a seatbelt at the time but her son Benjamin Taylor was strapped into a booster seat

Classie Jones (pictured) was not wearing a seatbelt at the time but her son Benjamin Taylor was strapped into a booster seat

The train was parked on tracks which ran parallel to the highway.

Mother and son were both unresponsive, but alive, when police arrived at the scene.

Ms Jones was taken to Winter Haven Hospital, where she died soon after.

Benjamin was rushed to St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in nearby Tampa, but only survived the ordeal a few hours longer than his mother.

Investigators say Ms Jones was not wearing a seatbelt, but her son had been buckled into a booster seat in the back of the car.

Speeding and impairment are both being considered as authorities investigate how the crash took place.

An officer from Polk County Sheriff’s office told The Ledger there was no indication the crash was intentional.

Police believe speed and impairment may have been contributors to the crash but do not think the crash was intentional

Police believe speed and impairment may have been contributors to the crash but do not think the crash was intentional

Pictured: the train tracks where Ms Jones died after the horror crash on Monday night

Pictured: the train tracks where Ms Jones died after the horror crash on Monday night

 

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