TORRANCE ( – Three young men from Long Beach were killed when their car smashed into a tree in Torrance overnight Wednesday.

According to Torrance police, a Dodge Charger carrying the three victims was speeding south on Van Ness Avenue at 12:10 a.m. Thursday when it lost control near the intersection of Del Amo Boulevard and collided into the tree.

The 20-year-old driver and one of his passengers, age 19, died at the scene, police said. An 18-year-old passenger was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he also passed away.

The men were not identified pending family notification.

The crash shut down Van Ness Avenue for 5 ½ hours.

The cause is under investigation.


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