By CBS3 Staff

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police are investigating a motorcycle collision that left three people dead. Authorities said the crash occurred about 8:40 p.m. on Monday on Route 273 in New Castle.

According to investigators, a westbound Chrysler Pacifica was making a left turn off Route 273 when it was hit by an eastbound motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed.

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The operator of the motorcycle, a 36-year-old Newark man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The driver of the minivan, a 47-year-old New Castle woman, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The front seat passenger, a 69-year-old woman from Sun City, Florida, died at the scene. A 16-year-old girl who was riding in a rear seat was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Route 273 was closed in both directions for about four hours because of the crash.

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