One person died after a car drove off a 600-foot cliff in Mount Tamalpais State Park over the weekend, California officials said.
A hiker reported a four-door car had driven off the Marin County cliff on Ridgecrest Boulevard before landing hundreds of feet below the road, KRON reported, on March 23.
A Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter carried out the rescue effort.
MAN KILLED IN SOLO VEHICLE COLLISION ON MOUNT TAMAt around 10:30 this morning we were called to Ridgecrest Boulevard…
A man was pronounced dead in the crash, according to the report.
No other people were in the vehicle at the time, officials said.
Marin County fire battalion chief Bret McTigue told KTVU that the wrecked sedan overturned and the engine flew from the vehicle during the crash.
Driver killed after plunging 600 feet off cliff in Marin Co. state park https://t.co/Lmjdk9wNOs
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 24, 2019
“The area where the collision occurred is a busy hiking area, as well as a very popular route for cyclists to ride, especially on nice weekends,” the California Highway Patrol’s Marin office said on Facebook.
Elaborating further, the office wrote that a helicopter ” responded to the scene and assisted with a search to ensure there were no other individuals that were struck by the errant vehicle.”
The driver’s name isn’t being released as the Marin County Coroner still needs to identify the person and notify his next of kin, according to the highway patrol.
A male driver was killed Saturday morning when his vehicle plunged 600 feet off a cliff in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, a fire spokesman said.
“Any toxicology will not be known for some time,” officials said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
“Due to the difficult terrain, crews established a long-line rescue system and were lowered to the vehicle. Once there they found the driver, and sole occupant, deceased in the vehicle,” said officials.
No other details were provided.
A driver traveling alone through Mount Tamalpais State Park Saturday morning died after his vehicle went off a cliff. https://t.co/bnTJveTwMF
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) March 23, 2019
50 Cars in Pileup in Southern California
Authorities said several crashes involving about 50 vehicles on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles have sent 12 people to the hospital, according to The Associated Press.
The Grapevine section of the interstate was closed as emergency crews responded to the accidents Saturday afternoon, March 23.
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) March 24, 2019
The California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident website said the accidents occurred amid thick fog.
Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Ron Haralson said a dozen people were transported to the hospital. One was in critical condition, four others sustained minor injuries, and seven more had minor injuries. The injured included a 21-month-old child and a horse in a trailer that was rear-ended.
— Newz Parot (@NewzParot) March 24, 2019
The Grapevine carries traffic over mountains between greater Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. The wrecks caused traffic on northbound and southbound lanes to back up for miles.
— @livemapus (@livemapus) March 19, 2019
The Associated Press contributed to this report.