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Father, toddler killed in head-on crash

A man and a toddler are dead after a head-on crash. It happened on KY-52 in Madison County, about a mile from the Estill County line.

Police say an SUV, traveling west on KY-52, attempted to pass a car on the two lane road. The driver ended up slamming into a Chevy Prizm that was in the oncoming lane of traffic.

Police think the sun may have kept the driver from seeing the oncoming vehicle.

A man and his three-year old child, who were in the Prizm, were killed. Those victims were identified as 28-year old Joshua Nelson, and his three year old son, Jacob. Police say Joshua Nelson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. Police say the toddler was in a booster seat.

A woman and a one-year old child were also in the Prizm. Taylor Nelson, the mother, is now listed in serious condition at UK Hospital. Her son, Jonah, is in critical condition.

Lance Patterson the driver of the SUV is also UK in fair condition. A 16-year old, who was a passenger, was taken to Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond for treatment.

KY-52 is back open. It was shut down for several hours while police investigated the crash.

Family members are in disbelief that this could happen to the Nelson's.

"They were close knit. They were together allow the time," says Wesley Rose, a relative of the Nelson's.

Rose says that the children were like his own grandchildren, even though they actually belong to his brother.

"He was a very good child. He was the best-natured kid. He would mind you. If you said to go do something, he would go do it. He was that good," adds Rose.


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