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1 dead, 2 injured in crash in Attleboro

A 37-year-old man died and a man and a woman were injured in a crash in Attleboro late Saturday night after two cars collided and one burst into flame, according to the Attleboro Police Department.

The preliminary investigation, based in part on witnesses to the crash, indicated that a white Mitsubishi convertible traveling north on Washington Street struck a gray Toyota Highlander that was stopped at the Mendon Road red light.

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Toni Troiano, 26, was working at the nearby Hess gas station at the time of the crash.

“I saw the white car came flying by,” she said, adding that the Mitsubishi appeared to be going at least 60 miles per hour when it hit the Toyota.

“Pieces went flying everywhere and the car caught on fire right away,” Troiano said.

By the time police and firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m., passersby had put out the flames engulfing the Mitsubishi, according to police.

Troiano said 15 to 20 people rushed to help. Using a fire extinguisher from the gas station, they put the fire out within a couple of seconds and then quickly removed the passenger from the Mitsubishi, she said.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where he was pronounced dead.

A 40-year-old passenger in the Mitsubishi was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with serious injuries, police said.

The driver of the Toyota, a 39-year-old woman, was also hurt, although police said they do not believe her injuries were serious. She was taken to Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses also told officers that the Mitsubishi had been involved in a hit-and-run in nearby Pawtucket shortly before the fatal crash, police said.

Pawtucket police are investigating the hit-and-run while Attleboro police, State Police, and the Bristol County District Attorney’s office investigate the crash on Washington Street.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ToddFeathers.

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