DENVER (CBS4/AP) — Authorities say three people were killed and another was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash in southwest Denver.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says it appears the SUV involved was traveling at a high rate of speed at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The crash happened at the intersection of Perry Street and Bayoud Avenue.

The driver, a male passenger and a female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth victim was taken to a hospital.

“All you could see at the time was the tree and a bunch of smoke,” witness Jesse Martinez said. “The tree was in the driver’s seat.”

suv into tree map transfer 3 Killed, 1 Critically Injured In Denver Crash

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“The one guy, when I walked up, was holding on to the handle and he was just out of it,” witness Aaron Martinez said. “It’s not a good thing to see.”

The names of the victims have not been released, and police are investigating if alcohol played a role in the crash.

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