2 found dead after car slams into tree in San Bernardino

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Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash in San Bernardino early Monday morning, police said.

Officers arrived at the intersection of Rialto and Tippecanoe avenues around 12:20 a.m. to find a vehicle that had slammed into a tree, San Bernardino Police Department Sgt. Baughman said.

The two people, who have not been identified, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The impact from the crash appeared to have split the vehicle into three pieces, video from the scene shows.

A bulk of the mangled car appeared crushed — on a divider amongst some trees. The steering wheel and dashboard were strewn across the debris-covered roadway, with the deployed airbag still attached.

Police are investigating the incident, and it remains unclear what caused the car to crash into the tree.

Tippecanoe Avenue was closed for hours between Rialto Avenue and Harry Sheppard Boulevard as investigators probed the crash site.

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