POINCIANA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Three people have died in a fiery crash in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said two vehicles were involved in the crash in Poinciana, Florida.
It happened near the intersection of Marigold Avenue and Bell Tower Crossing East around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said a deputy passed a speeding red sports car and turned around to follow it. The car was quickly gone, according to the deputy, who caught up with the speeding vehicle after going around a curve.
The deputy said the small red sports car had crashed head-on into a larger white sedan. Investigators say it appears the red sports car, driven by a young male, crossed over the center lane and hit the white car.
The red sports car caught on fire. Its driver and the two people in the white sedan all died at the scene.
"It's painful anytime anyone dies in a crash, but it's three times as painful tonight because three people have died in a crash and it appears, needlessly," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
The roads in that area have been closed until further notice, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
None of the victims' names were being released the night of the crash.