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Three killed in fiery head-on collison
SANTA ROSA -- Three people were killed in a fiery, head-on collision on I-10 in Santa Rosa County yesterday.
The victims' identities have not yet been released and right now it's not clear which of the two vehicles involved in the crash was going the wrong way.
When authorities reached the scene both vehicles were completely engulfed in flames. The fire was burning so hot it melted the pavement. Twisted hunks of burnt metal are all that's left of the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee that collided at just before 3 a.m.
The wreck happened on the eastbound side of I-10 near mile marker 36. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say identifying the vehicles was tough because the vehicle identification numbers and tags had melted.
Driver Tammy Williamson said, "It just seems very senseless."
Drivers nearby were shocked and horrified by what happened.
Williamson said, "It's gut-wrenching because that's a life. Those are lives!"
"It's definitely very tragic to know someone's lost their life because of someone's negligence,” said Edward Bragg, driver.
Two people were in the Jeep Cherokee. One was in the Wrangler. None of them survived.
Williamson said, "I don't like to drive on the interstate that much so I use 90 a lot."
“You pay attention, you stay alert and, uh that's only the best you can do, you know,” said Bragg.
The eastbound side of I-ten was closed for more than five hours so crews could make temporary repairs to the melted pavement. For now, the crash is under investigation.