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.


This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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