A crash late Tuesday night in Oceola Township has left five people dead.

State Police say a 22-year-old driver from Fenton was driving southbound on Argentine Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with M-59 and slammed into an SUV heading eastbound. One of the cars then burst into flames after coming to rest in a wooded area, just off the roadway. Two backseat passengers were killed in the southbound car while three people died in the SUV. They were identified as a 36-year-old Oakland County woman, a 70-year-old Macomb County man and a 70-year-old Macomb County woman. The Fenton man and his front-seat passenger were hospitalized in critical condition, along with the 39-year-old driver of the SUV, who is also from Oakland County.

Paula Ivey of Hartland Township was driving on M-59 toward Howell when she came across the scene just after 10:30pm, before emergency responders were on the scene. "As I was approaching...I noticed a bright light to my left and that's when I noticed the car was completely engulfed in flames. Then I noticed another vehicle which was on its side, like a truck maybe. It was horrible. I was completely shocked by what I saw."

The roadway was closed until just before 5am as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation. State Police say they are working to identify the deceased and then notify their next of kin.

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