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Three die Saturday in single-car crash

A white cross bearing the initials J.A.J., D.A.D., and B.J.H., marks the site where three people were killed in a fiery crash early Saturday morning.

A white cross bearing the initials J.A.J., D.A.D., and B.J.H., marks the site where three people were killed in a fiery crash early Saturday morning.

Bouquets of flowers surround the cross under the smoke-stained overpass where a 1990 Toyota Camry burst into flames on impact.

The vehicle struck a support column for the East Second Street/Highway 53 overpass on Winter Street. The area is mostly industrial and has little traffic in the early morning hours.

Police and the Superior Fire Department were called out about 2:55 a.m. to the crash. Officers found a single vehicle had collided with a support column and burst into flames.

The Superior Fire Department extinguished the fire and discovered three people in the vehicle.

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According to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor, it appeared the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Winter Street when it struck the concrete bridge support and burst into flames on impact. All three people were killed in the accident or the subsequent fire, La Lor said in a news release issued Saturday afternoon.

Preliminary identifications have been made for the victims. The names of the victims will not be released by Superior police until positive identification is made and family has been notified.

Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters said "it would be irresponsible of us" to release the identities of the victims until they are positively identified with dental records and/or DNA because of the nature of the crash. Police believe two of the men were from Duluth and the third from Carlton County. All three are believed to be in their early 20s.

La Lor said late this morning that the cause of the crash and what the men were doing prior to the crash remains under investigation. The Wisconsin State Patrol will reconstruct the accident to determine the speed at the time of the crash. That's not expected to be known for at least a month, La Lor said.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Superior Police Department tip line at 395-7468.

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