One player in the San Diego Padres organization was killed and another injured early today when the vehicle they were riding in rolled over on an interstate in Phoenix, according to the Associated Press.
Another man inside the sports utility vehicle also was killed in the 2 a.m. MST accident, but authorities said they did not believe he was a Padres player.
It was not immediately clear if the two players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. The Padres hold spring training in nearby Peoria, Ariz.
The identities of the victims were being withheld until relatives could be notified, said spokesman Frank Valenzuela of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Valenzuela said it appeared the accident was alcohol-related. The vehicle apparently drifted into the dirt center median, then the driver over-corrected, Valenzuela said.
It rolled across all three westbound lanes of the freeway and crashed through a fence, coming to rest on a frontage road.
Valenzuela said the driver and front-seat passenger were not wearing seat belts and were ejected and killed.
The injured man was in the back seat and was wearing a seat belt and was treated and released at the scene, Valenzuela said.