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2 Killed After SUV Plows Into Tree In Gardena

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GARDENA (CBS) — Two people were killed and a third suffered critical injuries when their sport utility vehicle crashed into a tree in Gardena, a police official said.

Officers were dispatched to the crash scene at Ardath and Rosecrans avenues at 5:48 a.m., Steve Prendergast of the Gardena Police Department said.

According to Prendergast, a green 1993 Ford Explorer that was carrying three men was traveling west on Rosecrans Avenue when it struck a tree and eventually turned on its side in the roadway.

Officials said two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. He apparently suffered multiple broken bones.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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