Two Independence boys – ages 6 and 7 – died Friday afternoon in a wreck on Blue Mills Road.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the 7-year-old was at the wheel of a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The boys – neither identified by the Highway Patrol – were headed east on Blue MIlls Road near Perrin Road.

The car went off the road to the right and became airborne, then struck a guardrail, hit the ground, became airborne again, then struck a guy wire, began to overturn, hit a tree, landed on its top and burst into flames. The boys were pronounced dead at the scene.