A 23-year-old woman was injured while riding an ATV on Saturday, according to CHP.
In a Facebook post, the Coastal Division Air Operations stated the ATV rolled over.
“The crew of H-70 landed on the dunes and provided advanced life support care for the [woman] during the relatively short transport to the trauma center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo,” the post stated. “Wishing her a speedy recovery.”
Some have speculated in social media posts that the decreased riding area, which has declined by 120 acres over the past couple years due to dust control efforts, is to blame for the increase in serious injury crashes.
Kevin Pearce, interim superintendent for State Parks’ Oceano Dunes district, said the decreased riding area has no direct correlation to the number of major crashes. He said the crashes have happened in different areas of the Dunes, typically involving a single group, and the crashes are generally not into other ORVs.
We reached out to State Parks for further information on the incident and will update this story when information becomes available.