Phoenix police: Pickup lands in canal; 3 ejected and killed

Phoenix police are investigating a crash in which three men were killed when a pickup truck overturned and ended up in a canal around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities say the truck was traveling at high speed southbound on 91st Avenue near Camelback Road. When the driver swerved in order to avoid a vehicle traveling in the same direction, the evasive maneuver resulted in a loss of control and the truck rolled into the canal, ejecting the driver and passengers.

"The two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced shortly after arrival," stated Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Neighbors tell FOX 10 the area is known for street racing.

"There was two guys street racing.. then I guess the motorcycle cut off the guy and they crashed into a ditch," said Alejandro Romero.

"Because the vehicle was upside in the water, they were worried about patients being trapped in the water," said PFD Captain Mike Billingsley.  "One of the patients was ejected into the field.. they pulled another one from the water."

91st Avenue between Campbell and Indian School Road remained closed throughout the night during the investigation.

The deceased occupants have been identified as Erik Sanchez-Valdez, 23; Francisco Hidalgo, 22 and Juan Guerrero, 25.

Crump says there was no indication that the truck was racing another vehicle. 

"Speed was a factor in the incident, but it is unknown if impairment was a contributor at this point," stated Crump.

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