|publication date:||Jul 10, 2012 06:38 AM|
|created:||Tue, 07/10/2012 - 05:38|
|modified:||Tue, 07/10/2012 - 21:43|
Auburn Police say two people have died in a fiery early morning car crash on Merrow Road in the city, just after 1 a.m.
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AUBURN — Friends and family flooded Facebook memorials Tuesday created for two men killed in a fiery car crash on Merrow Road just after 1 a.m.
A spokesman at the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday that positive identifications were expected to be made using DNA analysis, but likely wouldn't be complete until Wednesday.
"The vehicle left the roadway, striking a large tree and rolling several times before coming to rest back in the road where it burst into flames," according to a news release issued by Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen.
Emergency personnel found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the middle of the street at 436 Merrow Road.
Both victims were still in the vehicle when authorities arrived at the scene.
According to friends who gathered at the accident site Tuesday morning, the victims were both in their early to mid-20s and were graduates of Edward Little High School.
The preliminary investigation indicates that speed may have been a factor in the crash.
Family members and friends posted remembrances, consoled one another and expressed their grief for the two men on memorial Facebook websites.
A couple who live near the crash site said they heard it when it happened, but didn't see any evidence of the accident until about 10 minutes later when one of them saw something burning. Tom Clark said he then saw the vehicle fully engulfed in flames and called 911.
Clark's wife was still awake early Tuesday morning when the accident occurred. He said he awoke to what she thought was a falling tree. He thought it was a car crash, but when he opened the shade and looked out, he heard and saw nothing. "About 10 minutes later, my wife said, 'Look Tom, something's burning in the road.' The car was way down the road from where we heard the crash, but when we looked out, it was fully engulfed and I called 911."
According to Clark, the accident occurred when the car crested the hill, left the road and hit the soft shoulder on the right, hitting several stumps and a tree before rolling several more times and ending up in the road.
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