Investigators Sunday are continuing their probe into the fiery, `likely’ drug-induced, single-car crash that killed a 26-year-old man and a pair of teens and injured four other teens in Orange

All seven occupants were ejected from the 2005 Nissan Altima where a nitrous oxide tank was found following the crash at Glassell Street and Taft Avenue, Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department said.

It was reported at 2:45 a.m. Saturday when officers conducting a traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue and Glassell Street spotted the Altima speeding southbound on Glassell and “tried to catch up with it,” McMullin said.

When they arrived at Glassell and Taft, the car was engulfed in flames and a suspected nitrous oxide tank and balloons were found “in and around the vehicle,” the sergeant said.

The car had “hit guardrails and signal lights related to a railroad crossing,” he said.

Police believe the occupants were not wearing seat belts, as there were seven people in a car meant to seat five, McMullin told City News Service.

A teenage boy, a teenage girl and 26-year-old Garden Grove resident Gustavo Castro were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The driver — 19-year-old Azarie Fuller of Exeter, in Tulare County — was taken to a hospital along with a teenage boy and a teenage girl, all listed in critical condition, McMullin said. Another teenage boy was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

“Witness statements along with evidence at the scene, which included a suspected nitrous oxide tank and balloons, indicate alcohol and drugs were likely a factor in addition to speeding,” McMullin said.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is a sedative often used by doctors and dentists, and is sometimes abused as an intoxicant.

Orange police urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at 714-744-7444.

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