LOCAL : 2 Die in Antelope Valley Fwy. Crash

From Times staff and wire service reports

Two men were found dead this morning in a car that had gone off the Antelope Valley Freeway and tumbled down an embankment in Lancaster, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The station wagon containing the bodies of a 34-year-old Tehachapi man and a 30-year-old Bakersfield man was spotted by a nearby resident at 6 a.m., Officer Scott McKnight said. The vehicle was in a flood control channel alongside the northbound side of the freeway between Avenue J and Lancaster Boulevard.

Investigators believe that the accident occurred between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 a.m. today.

The names of victims were not released. McKnight said the two men had been drinking Wednesday night at a party in Palmdale where the Tehachapi man got into a fight with the owner of the station wagon and then took the vehicle without permission. The Bakersfield man went with him.

Investigators believe that the Tehachapi man was driving the car northbound on the freeway when, possibly because he was intoxicated, he let it drift off the right shoulder.

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