Three Arizona students returning from car event killed in crash

PHOENIX (AP) — Three Arizona high school students enrolled in an automotive technology programme were killed when a college van went off a highway on the way back from a professional drag racing event near Phoenix, United States (US) officials said last Saturday.

The van crashed last Friday night on US 70 near Pima, a rural community about 217 kilometres east of Phoenix, the state Department of Public Safety said in a statement. An adult was driving the van carrying seven high schoolers and one college student, the department said.

Two 16-year-old boys from the small towns of Thatcher and Fort Thomas and a 17-year-old boy from the tiny town of Duncan were ejected and killed when the van veered over the centre line, went off the highway and rolled, the department and college officials said.

The driver and five other students suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening. None of the identities of the victims were released.

Eastern Arizona College spokesman Kris McBride said the students were part of a group travelling in two vans as they returned from a National Hot Rod Association event in suburban Phoenix.