Two children killed in Cedar Park crash, police looking for witnesses

Two children are dead after a traffic crash Wednesday afternoon in Cedar Park. (CBS Austin)

Two children are dead after a traffic crash Wednesday afternoon in Cedar Park.

It happened at approximately 3:35 p.m. just west of the intersection of Hwy 183 and West Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park police say.

“Breaks your heart. My heart drops out when you hear it’s two kids in a wreck like that. They were probably shopping or something," said Patrick Struble, who works near the site of the crash.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a red SUV and a black pickup track that had been involved in a collision.

Two children inside the SUV were declared dead at the scene. The female driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Two occupants of the pickup truck were treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

It's unknown if the woman in the SUV is the mother of the two children, police said. It’s not clear if they were wearing seatbelts.

“At this point, in terms of what happened with the crash, who was at fault, the direction of travel, that is still under investigation," said Lt. Bobby Vernengo.

People who drive in this area say West Whitestone Boulevard is typically busy, and sometimes dangerous because of how fast drivers go.

“There are times where it can get pretty dangerous to pull out of here," said Struble.

Police have not said if speed was a factor in this crash.

Even though first responders work crashes often, they still had a tough time responding to this crash, since it involved young children.

“Any type of crash involving a fatality is tragic especially when it involves young children. Witnesses on scene and officers as well as first responders are heavily affected by this. It’s not something that is seen in Cedar Park very often at all," said Vernengo.

Police are still trying to determine who is at fault in the crash. If you witnessed the crash, you are asked to contact Cedar Park Police at 512-260-4834.

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