MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. — Three women were killed when an SUV crashed into an utility pole and caught fire on Long Island Monday night, police said.
Authorities say the SUV was traveling north on Mount Sinai-Coram Road, north of Hamlet Drive, around 11 p.m. when it veered off the roadway, crashed into a utility pole and overturned.
Wires dropped down to the SUV from the utility pole and the vehicle immediately caught fire.
A retired firefighter was first on the scene and tried to help, but was pushed back by the flames.
The driver and two passengers in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released, but police believe they were three women in their 20s.
Witnesses at the scene say the SUV did not appear to be speeding or weaving. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 of Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.