California troopers say West Linn family died after driving off cliff

California Highway Patrol says a West Linn family of five died after driving off a cliff on State Route 1. They were found Monday, March 26, 2018. Photo courtesy California Highway Patrol

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. – A West Linn family of five was found dead in Mendocino County, California Monday after California Highway Patrol says they drove their vehicle off a large cliff and landed upside down on a rock.

California Highway Patrol says the family was driving on State Route 1 south of Juan Creek when the vehicle went down an estimated 100-foot cliff.

They say two women from West Linn and three kids died at the scene. At this point, officials have not released the names of the deceased.

Investigators are still determining what caused the crash, but they say the weather was clear and drugs or alcohol are not considered factors.

A CHP trooper said they are not sure whether everyone was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, as the three juveniles were found outside the vehicle, and the two adults were still inside.

"It’s just right off of an area that is like a pull-out, and a lot of people tend to stop in these areas to take pictures," said Trooper Olegario Marin. "The scenery in that area is really nice along the coast, and so we have multiple pull-outs that people will stop and take pictures and walk around and take a break."

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