NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a crash involving a tow truck that left three people dead and two others injured.

WWL-TV ( ) reports the wreck happened Sunday just before 5 p.m. at a Mid-City intersection.

Authorities say a tow truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and hit four pedestrians. Police say the tow truck then drove through a fence into the parking lot of a shopping center, where it hit several parked vehicles.

Two of the pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene. A third pedestrian died at a nearby hospital.

The fourth pedestrian and the tow truck driver were taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

Police say they are still investigating the wreck. No other details have been released.