One person dead, four injured in rollover accident just north of SLO County

One person was killed and four people injured when a Jeep rolled 600 feet down a ravine on a road in a rugged area of south Monterey County early Saturday morning.

Emergency crews responded at about 1:50 a.m. to reports of the rollover and found the vehicle and five people 600 feet down a ravine off Lockwood-San Lucas Road, west of Highway 101 and about seven miles north of Williams Hill Recreation area, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

The Monterey County Urban Search and Rescue Team brought up the victims by rope, assisted by a Cal Fire crew. A Fort Hunter Liggett 4-wheel drive ambulance took the injured patients to a landing area where they were taken by air ambulance to local trauma centers, Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Pangburn said.

The CHP and Monterey County Sheriff’s Department were also involved in the rescue, which occurred on federal Bureau of Land Management property.

The cause of the accident is unknown and the names of the injured and deceased victims have not yet been released.

One person was taken by helicopter to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, stabilized and transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Twin Cities spokesman Ron Yukelson said. Authorities didn't say where the other three patients were taken.

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