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Wreck kills two, sends two to hospital (updated 5:45 p.m.)

HANCOCK COUNTY – The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a head-on collision today that killed both drivers and injured two passengers, authorities said.

The accident happened on Mississippi 603 north of Standard Dedeaux Road about 2:20 p.m., said Master Sgt. Johnny Poulos.

Identities of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Poulos said the van, traveling south on Mississippi 603, crossed the center line and collided with the pickup, which was headed north.

The woman driving the van and the man driving the pickup were both pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Two passengers in the truck were transported to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport with serious injuries.

The van's driver was traveling alone.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, he said. updates this story as details become available.