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Law enforcement officers investigate Friday morning after a driver and a passenger in this Chevrolet Prizm died in a two-car collision on KY52.

A father and his 3-year-old son died in a severe two-vehicle collision on Irvine Road this morning, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Joshua Nelson, 28, and Jacob Nelson, 3, of Waco, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County coroner, KSP Post 7 spokesperson Paul Blanton said. Taylor Shea Nelson, 24, and Jonah Nelson, 1, also were in the vehicle. Both mother and son suffered multiple internal injuries and broken bones, Blanton said.

As of Friday evening, Taylor Nelson was in serious condition while her son Jonah Nelson remained in critical condition, according to a UK Medical Center official.

Blanton said the accident between Irvine and Waco near the Bybee area was a “near head-on collision.” A Buick SUV driven by Lance Patterson, 46, of Richmond, was traveling east toward Irvine around 8 a.m. when he reportedly tried to pass a vehicle in front of him in a three-lane area of the road. The Nelsons were traveling west toward Waco in the passing lane, Blanton said.

Patterson’s vehicle struck the Nelsons’ car in a “very severe impact,” Blanton said. Joshua Nelson, who was driving, was ejected from his Chevrolet sedan.

Patterson and his passenger, Cody Patterson, 16, were taken to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, Blanton said.

He was not sure about their conditions but said Cody Patterson was outside the vehicle and walking around when emergency workers arrived at the scene.

Lance Patterson was later taken to the UK Medical Center for further treatment, according to a KSP news release.

Jacob Nelson was in a booster seat, and Jonah Nelson was in a type of car seat, but Blanton said it was not the “proper seat.”

The Nelsons also have a 6-year-old child who was in school at the time of the accident, Blanton said.

The KSP is continuing to investigate the accident. Although drugs or alcohol are not suspected at this time, standard procedure involves taking blood samples for testing from both drivers, Blanton said.

In addition to the KSP and county coroner’s office, several other agencies responded to the accident including Madison County EMS, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Rescue Squad and Waco Fire Department.

Irvine Road was shut down at the site of the accident from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Blanton said. Traffic was directed to a detour around the area.

 Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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