A two-vehicle crash on State Road 3 near County Road 25 East claimed the lives of two North Vernon women Wednesday afternoon about 1 p.m.

An initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley of the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Erma M. Campbell, 78, North Vernon, was traveling north on State Road 3. For an unknown reason, Campbell’s vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a southbound 2006 Ford Focus driven by Rhonda R. Steinert, 45, also of North Vernon. The vehicles collided nearly head-on in the middle of the roadway.

The Jennings County Coroner’s Office said both drivers were dead at the scene.

State Road 3 was closed in the area for about three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Vernon Fire Department, Jennings County EMS and Jennings County Coroner’s Office.