4 die in high-speed crash in San Clemente

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Four people died in a car crash early Saturday morning in San Clemente, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash according to a preliminary investigation, the department said in a release.

Deputies responded at about 1:30 a.m., according to the department. They report finding a BMW 3-series, with four of five passengers declared dead at the scene while the lone survivor, a 24-year-old woman, was treated and taken to a local trauma center.

She suffered "significant injuries," according to the department.

"She's in serious condition, but from what I was able to gather, she is  expected to survive," said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock, a local wire service reports.

The dead included as Pablo Diaz, 25; Martin Nieto, 26; and Lucia Solis, 27. Diaz and Solis were from San Juan Capistrano, while Nieto was from Laguna Niguel. Authorities are waiting to confirm the fourth victim's name before releasing it. The woman who survived was not identified.

The crash is being further investigated by the Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Reconstruction Team.