In Merrillville, police say one person was killed and three others were hurt, two suffering life-threatening injuries, in a fiery early morning crash on 73rd Avenue near Hendricks Street early Sunday. Police and fire units responded at about 3:15 am to the area near Independence Park where a red Lexus sport utility vehicle had crashed. A news release from the Merrillville Police Department states it appears the SUV left the roadway, struck a tree and became engulfed in flames. At last word, police and coroners officials said the identity of the woman had not yet been confirmed. Merrillville Fire Department, Schererville EMS, Merillville Police and the Lake County Coroner’s Office were among the responding agencies. Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call the Merrillville Police Department at 219-769-3531.