Three killed in fiery overnight crash in Manchester - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Three killed in fiery overnight crash in Manchester

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Tape blocks off Route 44 near Fairview Street in Manchester (WFSB) Tape blocks off Route 44 near Fairview Street in Manchester (WFSB)

Manchester police say three people were killed and two others injured in a serious overnight crash on Route 44.

Route 44, also known as Center Street, remains closed at this time in the area of Fairview Street as police continue their investigation.

Police said the single vehicle crashed and caught fire just off the roadway.

The driver and front seat passenger were both taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford with non-life threatening injuries.

However, police said the three occupants in the back of the vehicle were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did say that all the occupants were in their late teens.

In a statement, Manchester High School Principal Jill Krieger said, the victims were a current and two former students.

Counselors were placed at Manchester High School until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Krieger said.  In addition, staff was added to the schedule Senior Prom to make sure that all students received the support they need.

"Today is a sad day at Manchester High School, as students and staff returned to the building mourning the loss of one current student and two recent graduates. We brought extra staff to the school from throughout the district to support our MHS staff and ensure that grieving students and others are being given the support they need. We are also grateful for support from the community, including volunteers who are at the school with their therapy dogs. This event was tragic and healing will take time but we are thankful for the sensitivity, compassion and kindness shown by so many at MHS and throughout our town. We are especially proud of how our students and staff have supported one another as they cope with this devastating loss," Superintendent Matt Geary and Krieger said in a joint statement on Monday. 

The crash remains under investigation and police said speed is being looked at as a possible factor.

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