3 SLO men among victims of rollover accident in Monterey County

Three San Luis Obispo men suffered major injuries early Saturday morning when a Jeep rolled 700 feet down a ravine on a road in a rugged area of southern Monterey County, killing another occupant.

Sean Ross Mullen, 22; Darren Thomas Mullen, 25; and Myles Andrew Franklin, 21 — all of San Luis Obispo — and Spencer N. Blodgett, 24, of Lafayette suffered major injuries.

Andrew Joseph Kruep, 24, of Los Altos Hills suffered fatal injuries, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.

The Mullens were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Franklin was initially taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton and stabilized, then transferred to Fresno, according to Twin Cities spokesman Ron Yukelson.

All three were listed in fair condition Monday, according to a spokesperson at Community Regional Medical Center.

Blodgett was taken to Stanford Medical Center.

In a Facebook post Monday, Franklin thanked “everyone who has shown support through this tough time,” adding that he “is thankful to be alive right now.”

The men were off-roading together at about 1:40 a.m. when their 2010 Jeep rolled off a trail at Williams Hill. The location was off Lockwood-San Lucas Road, west of Highway 101 and about seven miles north of Williams Hill Recreation area, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

All men were ejected from the vehicle. It took approximately eight hours for the Monterey County Urban Search and Rescue Team to complete the rescue, bringing the victims up by rope, assisted by a Cal Fire crew.

The Mullens and Franklin attended Cuesta College; Darren and Sean Mullen were awarded degrees in spring 2011 and summer 2014, respectively. Franklin attended but no degree was on file, Cuesta officials said.

None were Cal Poly students, Cal Poly spokesman Jay Thompson 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.

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