3 Killed in Crash on SR-78 in Oceanside

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Three people were killed in a crash in Oceanside on Thursday, the CHP confirmed.

The three victims were all in the same SUV when it crashed headed westbound on State Route 78 at around 2 p.m., according to the CHP.

The Mitsubishi Outlander SUV veered off the highway, drove through a fence and collided with a traffic signal pole on a dirt bank that separates the highway from Vista Way, which runs parallel to the highway, at the intersection of Valley Glen Drive.

When officers and firefighters got to the scene, the SUV was on fire and the driver and two passengers were trapped in the wreck. First responders tried to rescue them but all three were pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the SUV to crash. CHP Officer Mark Latullippe said only the driver, a 43-year-old Escondido man, was wearing a seatbelt. The two other victims were a 56-year-old Escondido man and an unidentified woman, according to the CHP.

Two eastbound lanes of Vista Way were blocked due to the crash. Follow traffic updates here.

No other information was available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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