3 Japanese students killed in California car crash

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured when a small car veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole.

Palomar College spokeswoman Laura Gropen said Friday that all eight were incoming freshman at the community college. Gropen says the college has not verified the nationalities of the injured people.

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt says the eight occupants were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on state Route 78 in Oceanside.

Bettencourt says the car was sheared in half by the pole after descending an embankment.

The 19-year-old male driver and two passengers — one man and one woman — were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women and three men suffered moderate to major injuries.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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