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DPS: 3 high school students killed in rollover crash west of Pima

Posted: 8:54 AM, Feb 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-23 00:09:33-05
Graham County Crash
Graham County Crash

EDEN, AZ — Three high school students have been killed in a rollover crash on US-70 at milepost 327, west of Pima.

The Department of Public Safety says around 10:00 p.m. Friday an Eastern Arizona College passenger van was traveling eastbound when it crossed the westbound lane, went off the road and flipped over.

Three of the students were ejected from the van and died. The driver and five other students received non-life threatening injuries.

Family and friends gathering for a truck cruise remembering teenager Mason Gann, 16, from Fort Thomas along with two other victims from Duncan and Thatcher, Ariz, led by Mann's father.

According to Eastern Arizona College, the high school students were part of an accelerated program enrolled in the Gila Institute for Technology (GIFT) program.

Students and faculty spent the day at wild horse pass for the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler.

"We are experiencing a tremendous amount of grief and mourning the tragic loss of three of our GIFT students," said Kris McBride, spokesperson for Eastern Arizona College. "we just want the everyone to know that our entire heal the valley community is praying for the family and friends of these students as well as our dedicated faculty and staff who care so much about our students. This is a difficult time for us but we'll pull together and help everyone through it."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Authorities do not believe impairment to be a factor.

The names of the students involved have not yet been released.

Stick with ABC15.com as we work to learn more information.