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3 dead, 2 taken to hospital in crash on Hawaii's Big Island

Authorities say three people are dead after a fiery crash in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaii County police say a Kia sport utility vehicle traveling south and a Nissan pickup truck traveling north crashed into each other early Saturday on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Police say the man driving the Kia and two passengers died at the scene. A 17-year-old passenger was able to escape the burning Kia. She was taken Kona Community Hospital.

The driver of the truck was taken to the same hospital. West Hawaii Today reports the Jaws of Life were required to extricate him from the truck.

Police say it's not immediately known if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Queen Kaahumanu Highway between Hinalani Street and Hulikoa Drive was closed for several hours while police investigated.