Highway patrol: 'high rate' of speed in Ohio crash

By By THOMAS J. SHEERAN

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Investigators are focusing on speeding as a key factor in the crash of a sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers, six of them killed when it slammed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond.

Authorities are citing an unspecified "high rate" of speed, but would not speculate on whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash about 7 a.m. Sunday.

The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned, coming to a rest upside down in the swamp. It sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth person thrown from the SUV during the crash was found under it.

Two boys escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911.

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