A passenger was killed and the driver severely injured in a crash Sunday night near Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
A resident in the 1300 block of El Rancho Drive reported hearing a loud crash around 9:45 p.m. and went out to find a tree across the roadway and a “very mangled” Volkswagen on its roof, the CHP said. No other vehicles were involved.
The passenger, a woman, was pronounced dead, and the male driver was taken to a hospital.
The road remained closed for more than five hours as the tree was removed and PG&E worked to fix downed power lines.
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El Rancho is a narrow two-lane road that runs parallel to Highway 17 from just south of Scotts Valley to the Pasatiempo area. The crash was in the unincorporated Beulah Park neighborhood.
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News
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