3 dead, 1 injured in fiery car crash in Irvine

Three men were killed and a fourth injured early Friday after their car hit a tree and burst into flames in Irvine.

Authorities say the Mercedes-Benz slammed into the tree about 1:45 a.m. near UCI.

Three people described as young men died in the car. Their identities haven’t been released.

A fourth man was taken to a hospital and his condition is not known.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Authorities will try to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role.