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Woman dies in 5-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes Recreational Area

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 20, 2019

A woman injured in a 5-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes at the start of the holiday weekend has died.

The first call about the crash happened at 7:45 p.m. Friday night south of the Vent Pipe area prompting a large-scale emergency response.

Investigators said they found a group of people following each other in recreational off-road vehicles and went off a 25 to 30-foot dune.

Kevin Pearce, Acting State Parks Superintendent for the Oceano Dunes Recreational Area, said the first car went off at 60 miles per hour, crashed and completely rolled over. Pearce said the four vehicles behind it also crashed, but not with each other.

State Park rangers were first on scene and began life-saving efforts utilizing CPR on the unresponsive woman, according to Pearce. Two other people in the vehicle with the woman – a man and an 11-year-old girl – were transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Two other people were treated on scene for minor injuries and released.

Pearce said medics were able to get a pulse back on the patient and she was breathing during transport to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. However, the hospital later reported the woman’s condition deteriorated and she died.

Pearce said everyone injured was in the first vehicle that rolled off the dune.

The name and age of the woman have not yet been released.

This story will be updated when new information becomes available.

A KSBY crew at the scene last night says the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area was very crowded Friday night, likely with people visiting for the Easter holiday weekend.