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Two dead after being ejected from SUV on Highway 168

Two men were ejected and killed after their SUV flipped on Highway 168 on Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

They have been identified as Ismael Cortez, 20, and Daniel Ruiz, 21, both of Fresno.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was headed east on Highway 168, east of Shepherd Avenue, when the driver lost control, according to a news release. The crash happened around 6:35 p.m. It’s unknown who was driving.

The SUV veered across both lanes and onto the north shoulder, overturning several times. Both the driver and passenger were taken to Community Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Alcohol or drugs were not factors in the collision, but speed was, according to the CHP. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

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