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Three dead in fiery SUV crash near Azle

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Three people were killed and others might be injured when an SUV caught fire Sunday afternoon.

A veteran first responder said it's one of the most disturbing cases he's ever worked. He said when he got to the scene he felt helpless because he realized three people were trapped inside a burning car.

It happened south of Eagle Mountain Lake on Highway 199 at the Hanger Cut Off Road.

Police said there was an accident at that intersection between a Kia Soul and a Honda Odyssey. They said the Kia was traveling northbound on Jacksboro Hwy. when it collided with the Honda traveling westbound on Hangar Cut Off Road.

The speed limit along that stretch of road is 40 mph. Police said it's not clear which of the vehicles ran a red light or what exactly caused the car to catch fire. 

"There's a lot of math and physics involved and a lot of training in order to reconstruct an accident to scale. So basically they're on scene here taking the exact measurements necessary in order to input those numbers in certain formulas as well as speaking to all the witnesses on scene. In a couple of days they should have most of the facts," LT. Pedro Ciao with the Ft. Worth Police Dept.

There were five people in the Kia. Two of them were able to get out.  However two adults and a teenager were trapped and died in the fire.  The two people in the Honda were not seriously hurt. Police said the family was headed to Wesley Chapel in Azle just a few miles away. The church was celebrating its 142nd year anniversary.

The victims have not been identified but are said to be an elderly man, a 15-year-old boy and a woman in her mid to late 30's.

Investigators say they are still in the very early stages of finding the cause of this deadly crash.

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