3 dead after car strikes pole, splits in half

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a single-car crash in Pawtucket claimed the lives of three people overnight.

The vehicle tore in half after striking a pole on Walcott Street at about 12:13 a.m.

Police said two of the victims were found dead at the scene and a third was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

All three victims were female, according to police. Their identities have not yet been released.

Police initially confirmed eyewitness reports that two men fled the scene following the crash, but later said it appeared only the driver ran off.

The passenger told Eyewitness News he was actually thrown from the car. He said his fiancee was in the backseat and he turned around to speak with her just as the car made impact with the pole.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Police said the driver may face charges.