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Three die in fiery crash in Wisconsin

A fiery car accident in Wisconsin over the weekend left three people dead, and authorities say that it may have involved alcohol and speeding. One person was ejected from the truck, while two others were found dead inside the vehicle, which was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived at the scene.

The accident happened at the intersection of State Highway 66 and Birchwood Lane in the town of Linwood, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It's not entirely clear what happened, but it appears that the truck went off the right side of the road and then the driver overcorrected. The truck apparently skidded across the road, went into the opposite ditch and struck a utility pole.

When officers got to the scene, power lines were down and the vehicle was on fire. A man was found dead outside the car after having been ejected, while two others were found dead inside the car after the flames were extinguished. Several crews responded to the scene, including the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Stevens Point Police Department, and various first responders and technical traffic crash investigators.

The crash was still under investigation. The victims were identified as three men, ages 19, 25 and 29, respectively. According to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, it is believed they died from the force of impact. Officers with the Portage County Sheriff's Department say that a lack of seatbelts may have a contributing factor in the deaths.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Portage County crash kills three," Gitte Laasby, April 29, 2012

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