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UPDATE: Northern Calif. man crushed by ATV at Oceano Dunes

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 26, 2019

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) – A man believed to be from Northern California was killed in a crash at the Oceano Dunes Friday, just one week after another deadly crash in the same area.

Kevin Pearce, acting state parks superintendent for the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, says a group of about five friends were each on ATVs in the Vent Pipe area Friday afternoon when, for unknown reasons, the front rider put his foot on the brake, launching him off his ATV and down a 25- to 35-foot dune.

The man’s ATV then kept going down the hill, crushing him, according Pearce.

Rangers responded and provided CPR for about 20 minutes, but were not successful in reviving the rider, according to Pearce.

No one else was injured.

The man is said to be approximately 35-year-old and from the Sacramento area.

The crash happened in the same general area as a deadly crash last Friday night, but was closer to the ocean, according to Pearce.

Pearce says this is typically a busy time of year at the Oceano Dunes.

 Sheriff's officials at the Oceano Dunes Friday afternoon. (KSBY photo)

Sheriff’s officials at the Oceano Dunes Friday afternoon. (KSBY photo)


ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews were responding to reports of a crash at the Oceano Dunes Friday afternoon.

CAL FIRE SLO said they were requested at the scene but could not provide additional details.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says a coroner was en route to the dunes but did not say whether it was in response to a crash.

State Parks officials have not yet commented on the incident.

KSBY has a crew heading to the scene and will update this story as information becomes available.

Last Friday, a woman was killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles at the dunes.