1 dead, 2 hurt in fiery crash, possibly while racing in Bustleton

Firefighters work to extinguish the burning wreckage, Saturday Nov. 5, 2016, after a fatal two car accident on Grant Avenue in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia. (For the Inquirer and Daily News/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

A young man was fatally burned beyond recognition and two other people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Philadelphia's Bustleton neighborhood early Saturday, police said.

It's possible the two vehicles were racing as they headed west on the 1600 block of Grant Avenue at about 2 a.m., Cpl. Lisa Bachman of the police Accident Investigation District said.

Police said the two cars — a 2000 green Acura and a 2003 gray Infiniti — collided, and the Acura then hit a utility pole and burst into flames.

The driver of the Acura was pronounced dead at the scene. The Accident Investigation District later said that driver was a 21-year-old man. His name was not released.

The Infiniti's male driver, 30, and a female passenger, 22, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus in stable condition, police said. 

A motorist who had stopped at a red light on southbound Bustleton Avenue saw both vehicles before the crash traveling at high speed side-by-side on westbound Grant Avenue as they crossed the intersection with Bustleton, police said.

The Acura and Infiniti both went airborne, then crashed into each other after they hit the road, police said. The crash caused the Acura to slam into a PECO utility pole and burst into flames, police said.

The Infiniti spun out and came to rest in the roadway. Charges may later be filed pending the results of an investigation, police said.

PECO had to shut off power in the area as a result of the crash, police said.

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