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Bodies of four in Detroit crash were badly burned

The Detroit News

Detroit — The bodies of four males killed when their car struck a cement post Sunday morning were burned so badly that dental records will be used to identify them, officials said Monday.

The four victims died after their vehicle, believed to be a Jeep Cherokee, lost control as it sped near Seven Mile and Stotter, said Detroit police, who cited high speed as a factor.

The vehicle struck the post at 12:45 a.m. and burst into flames, witnesses told police.

Detroit News file photo

Previous reports stated that a fifth young man in the car had died. That victim is still in the hospital in critical condition, according to police on Monday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, Officer Shanelle Williams said. As of Monday afternoon, it wasn’t known if drugs or alcohol were factors.

None of the victims’ identities were released pending notification of their families.

Grief counselors were available Monday for students at Osborn High School, where some in the vehicle reportedly attended, according to WDIV-TV (Channel 4).