What to Know
- Three women in their 20s died in a fiery crash on Long Island late Monday; their names have not been released
- Authorities say a driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene after their SUV slammed into a utility pole in Mount Sinai
- Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS
Three women in their 20s died when their SUV slammed into a utility pole, ripping down power lines and erupting into a fireball, on Long Island late Monday, authorities said.
The victims in the 11 p.m. crash on Mount Sinai-Coram Road, north of Hamlet Drive, in Mount Sinai weren't immediately identified. Authorities said their SUV was traveling north when it somehow veered off the road and crashed into the pole.
A retired FDNY firefighter witnessed the crash and tried to help, but the flames and live electric wires on the SUV were too dangerous, Suffolk County police said. A neighbor described a gut-wrenching scene -- hearing their desperate screams for help.
The driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, footage of which showed sirens blaring in the dark of night as power lines draped the pavement. A cause of the crash is under investigation, though police say there is no evidence to suggest speeding or drug or alcohol use.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.