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Five dead after car plunges off cliff along Mendocino Coast, CHP says

Five people died Monday afternoon after a car plunged 100 feet down a cliff and into a creek in a remote area along the Mendocino Coast, authorities said.

Someone reported the wreckage to authorities about 3:40 p.m. off mile marker 82.9 of Highway 1 in the area of Westport, a small town on the coast, according to the California Highway Patrol.

By 6 p.m., authorities had pulled three victims from the Ford Explorer, but had been unable to reach two others.

It’s not clear what caused the crash.

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This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AleneTchek


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