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Alcohol involved in crash that killed three in Superior

Alcohol and excessive speed led to the deaths of three men killed April 21 on Winter Street under the overpass for Highway 53, according to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor.

The driver was identified today by police as Burgess "Jeb" Houska, 20, of Duluth. At the time of the crash, his blood alcohol concentration was reported at 0.26, more than three times the legal limit, La Lor said.

The passengers were David Allen Drain, 21, of Duluth and Joshua Jones, 22, of Barnum. All three men died as a result of blunt force injury consistent with a crash.

According to the investigation, Houska, Jones and Drain had frequented a number of taverns in the downtown Superior bar district in the early morning hours before the crash.

Police were unable to determine why the three were traveling in the vehicle on Winter Street.

A Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction indicated the vehicle was traveling at a minimum of 45 mph at impact, which resulted in a fire on impact.

La Lor said the vehicle was likely moving faster but extensive damage made determining exact speed impossible. Police expect to wrap up the investigation by the end of this week.