[KHTS] – Three 19-year-olds from Burbank have been identified as the victims of a crash that also injured two at Rowher Flats when a truck went down a 200-foot embankment off of the Rush Canyon Truck Trail.
They are Jake Gnasso, April Townsend and Ian Bulbenko.
The red 2001 Chevy pickup truck was reportedly “off-roading” late Thursday night or in the early morning hours on Friday when the driver lost control and went down the steep embankment, officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s, Fire and California Highway Patrol officials responded to the crash around 7 a.m. Friday.
Gnasso, Townsend and Bulbenko were declared dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team helped officials with the Coroner’s Office recover the bodies.
Two passengers, both 19-year-old men from Burbank, were airlifted to area hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries and another with minor injuries. They were wearing seatbelts, according to the CHP report.
Drugs and alcohol were not eliminated as a contributing factor in the crash at the time of the report.
Perry Smith contributed to this story.