Three Washington men were killed last night in a fiery head-on collision on Suitland Parkway in Anacostia. At least four persons were injured.

The three men killed were flung from their car and, before the eyes of horrified onlookers, engulfed in a mass of flame that erupted from the car's ruptured fuel tank.

Police listed the victims as Ricky Brown, 18, of 1336 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and Harry Chambers, 21, of 520 11th St. NW. Police said that Brown was the driver and that the victims were burned beyond recognition. t

The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. as the victims were northbound in a Dodge Charger near Pomeroy Road SE, about one mile south of the Frederick Douglass Bridge. Police said the vehicle crossed the grass median and collided head-on with a Ford Maverick in the southbound lanes. The collison spun the Charger around, and the gas tank ruptured, investigators said.

According to preliminary records, the Charger was virtually melted by the intense blaze, and the Maverick apparently caught fire as well. A third vehicle reportedly collided with at least one of the other two.

Four of the injured were taken to Greater Southeast Community Hospital, and a fifth person was reported taken to D.C. General. The extent and nature of their injuries were not immediately known this morning.