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Five Teens Killed in Calif. Crash

April 9, 1999

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) _ Five teen-agers were killed Thursday when their car, traveling at least 80 mph, drove off a freeway and crashed upside down in a ravine.

Four young men died on impact in the 1 p.m. crash about 25 miles north of Los Angeles. The driver, a 17-year-old girl, was flown to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia with head, chest and abdominal injuries. She died at 5:40 p.m.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. The four men were all about 18 years old.

The driver lost control when she tried to change lanes, California Highway Patrol spokesman Doug Sweeney said.

The driver and three of the men were ejected. It was not immediately clear whether the victims were wearing seatbelts, he said.

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