Police tell 3News that speed is a factor in the incident.
MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Maple Heights Police Department is investigating an apparent drag racing accident that killed two and sent a third to the hospital via life-flight.
According to officials, the incident happened on Broadway Avenue around 10:55 a.m. after they received a call stating that a car had struck a pole.
Upon arrival, police found three victims trapped inside of the vehicle and worked quickly to extract the individuals. Two were pronounced dead on the scene while a third was lift flighted to MetroHealth.
The victims’ identifications are currently being withheld as next of kin are notified.
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“As soon as I looked in the car, I knew it was bad. And it happened, just like that,” says Maple Heights resident Reginald Easley, who lives nearby and saw the tragic incident happen in real-time.
Police are asking anyone that may have witnessed the accident or may have information regarding this incident to contact the Maple Heights Detective Bureau at (216) 587-9624.
According to the Maple Heights resident, the other car involved in the incident appeared to be a Mustang, but police have not corroborated Easley’s account.
The accident remains under investigation at this time.
This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates.
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