- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a truck veered off a Southern California road and plunged 200 to 300 feet down a canyon, killing three people and injuring two others.

California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Priessman tells City News Service the crash occurred between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday but wasn’t reported until 7:30 a.m., when a survivor regained consciousness and called 911.

The crash occurred in an area of Santa Clarita that’s popular with off-roaders.

Priessman says the driver apparently was doing “off-road style driving” and lost control of the truck.

Authorities are still investigating whether alcohol or other factors were involved.

Priessman says the crash killed two men and a woman who were around 20 years old. Two men around the same age had moderate injuries and are expected to survive.

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