and a Murrieta woman suffered major injuries in a single-car crash Tuesday on northbound Intestate 215 in Menifee.
The rollover crash was reported at about 12:10 p.m. south of McCall Boulevard, according the California Highway Patrol. The four-door 1993 Mercedes-Benz sedan went off the roadway and landed upside down in a ditch.
The vehicle was traveling northbound at about 70 mph when it drifted toward the center divide for unknown reasons, according to CHP spokesman Nathan Baer. The driver may have overcorrected, which caused a loss of control, he said.
During the crash, the car became airborne, hit a dirt embankment and overturned, Baer added. The vehicle's three occupants were not wearing safety belts, he said.
Two men were confirmed dead at the scene; a 21-year-old Murrieta woman was partially ejected and was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
One of the men was ejected and suffered major fatal head injuries, Baer said. The other man died inside the car, he said. Their identities have not been released by authorities, however the vehicle was registered out of Canyon Lake, according to Baer.
A sig alert was issued at 12:49 p.m. for the number two northbound lane. It is scheduled to remain closed until approximately 3 p.m.
Traffic was backed up for at least a mile and a half on the northbound freeway. Cal Trans was being asked to divert motorists onto Newport Road.
Daniel Lane and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.