ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says three people died in a head-on crash north of Tampa.

Troopers say the crash happened Sunday evening on County Road 54 when 30-year-old Elvin Benitez tried to pass other traffic on the two-lane road.

He hit a car driven by 38-year-old Dennis Wilkes of Lakeland. Wilkes and his 27-year-old passenger Chrisstina Farmer of Winter Haven were killed. Benitez was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene.

Troopers say two children ages 11 and 6 were riding in Benitez's car. Both were seriously injured.