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A 21-year-old Fort Wayne woman was one of two people killed in Tuesday's crash on Tonkel Road.

The Allen County coroner identified Desiare D. Martin as a passenger in the van that was struck head-on about 3:30 p.m. in the 15500 block of Tonkel. Police at the scene said she was in a wheelchair.

The autopsy is scheduled this afternoon, Dr. E. Jon Brandenberger said in a written statement.

It said the driver of the northbound car that struck the van also died at the scene and has not yet been positively identified.

The three-vehicle crash was just south of Schlatter Road and east of Interstate 69.

An 18-year-old woman was driving a Chevrolet sedan north on Tonkel when a man driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse came up from behind, according to Lt. Steve Stone, a sheriff's department spokesman, for an earlier story.

The Mitsubishi driver, also 18, tried to pass the Chevrolet but struck a southbound conversion van head-on, Stone said.

The Mitsubishi flipped on its top and caught fire.

The van driver, a 24-year-old woman, was seriously injured. She was taken by medical helicopter to Parkview Hospital.

The Chevrolet driver was taken by ambulance to Parkview. She was listed in fair condition, Stone said.

Identities of those injured in the crash have not been released by police.

Tonkel Road was closed to traffic for more than three hours while investigators examined the scene.

The crash remains under investigation, the coroner said.