One dead, two injured in rural crash

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A 71-year-old man from Dixon died and two passengers, including a child, were injured when a Toyota Land Cruiser overturned on a dirt road at about 9 a.m. Sunday in rural Winters, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The driver was killed at the scene, said Mike Lehman of Solano CHP. The passengers — a 45-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy, also from Dixon — both suffered moderate injuries and were airlifted from the scene — the child to the UC Davis Medical Center and the adult to Kaiser Vacaville.

CHP and fire units responding to the crash scene on a dirt road near Pleasants Valley Road initially could not find the vehicle. Eventually, it was spotted by a CHP helicopter crew, coordinating via cell phone with one of the injured passengers.

Lehman said the Land Cruiser had lost traction while driving down a steep grade. The three occupants were not wearing seat belts, and all were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned multiple times, he said.

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