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Two men killed in Santa Fe Springs collision

March 24, 2010 | 10:39 am

Two young men were killed when their SUV swerved off a Santa Fe Springs freeway embankment, flew into the air and landed on its roof, authorities said Wednesday.

The pair were traveling north on the 5 Freeway in a Nissan Xterra about 11:25 p.m. Tuesday when their vehicle veered onto the shoulder near the 605 Freeway for an unknown reason, said CHP Officer Jake Richter.

The SUV collided with a row of trees and shrubs before swerving onto a raised embankment near the Florence Avenue on-ramp. It became airborne, soared over the on-ramp and landed on its roof, Richter said.

The passenger, a 19-year-old Lakewood man, was ejected from the SUV, and the driver, an 18-year-old Cerritos man, was partially ejected, Richter said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Kate Linthicum