PHOENIX — Three people died Saturday night in Phoenix after their car caught fire in a traffic collision near 59th Avenue and Thomas Road.
The individuals were trapped inside a burning car and died before they could escape the vehicle, Phoenix police said.
Police said the other involved vehicle contained two male occupants, one of whom was taken to the hospital for critical injuries.
The collision occurred at about 10 p.m. near a local Jack in the Box restaurant. Police said the car with the two men hit the back of the pickup truck that later caught fire. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.
Identities of the deceased have not yet been disclosed. Phoenix police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the collision.
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