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‘It was a ball of fire:’ Three seriously hurt in five-vehicle hit-and-run

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DENVER -- At least one victim was pulled from a Jeep on fire and three people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries after a five-vehicle hit-and-run crash in Denver on Monday morning.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. and closed West 44th Avenue near Federal Boulevard.

The Jeep was covered in foam and destroyed from the crash that shut down traffic in the area. Other vehicles near the Jeep were next to a curb on 44th Avenue.

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"It was a ball of fire in the Jeep," a witness said. "A gentleman was still in there. There was another guy, I don't know if he was a passerby or what kept yelling, 'Get him out. Get him out.' They finally got the fire down enough to get him out."

Officials are not saying the extent of the injuries to the three people who were transported. Other witnesses said the man pulled from the Jeep was on fire and extinguishers were used on him.

The Denver Police Department said a suspect is in custody.