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Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 07/16/2010

3 hurt in fiery crash on East Capitol

By Terri Rupar

Three men were injured Friday night in a fiery single-car crash on East Capitol Street, authorities said.

The car apparently struck a tree around 7:30 p.m. near 40th Street SE, said D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

Flames ignited the tree, the car and grass in the area. The car was heavily damaged. The blaze produced a column of smoke visible from a distance.

At least one of the three people in the car who were injured was reported in life-threatening condition.

The site of the crash was about three-quarters of a mile east of the Anacostia River, near the Benning Stoddert recreation center.

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  | July 16, 2010; 10:14 PM ET
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You could see the smoke cloud from RFK...the car was ENGULFED in flames like something out of a movie. Why the fire dept. just let the car cook like a big azz habachi is beyond me.

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 17, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

How heavily was the tree damaged?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | July 17, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what happened to cause this, but people ALWAYS speed through there like they're on a freeway.

Posted by: thebossman | July 17, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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