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Identities of Pacific Northwest women killed in California cliff crash released

Posted: Updated: Mar 28, 2018 02:30 PM
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MENDOCINO, CA (KPTV) -

The two Pacific Northwest women who died in a crash off a cliff in California Monday have been identified. 

California High Patrol reported 39-year-old Sarah Hart and Jennifer Hart, also 39, were the two adults killed in the crash on the west side of SR-1 near Mendocino. Three children in the car also died. 

Investigators said Jennifer Hart drove a 2003 GMC into a large dirt turnout and then, for unknown reasons, drove directly off a large cliff.

The car overturned onto its roof and landed on a boulder on the beach. 

The three children were thrown from the vehicle, according to police.

The children have not been identified. 

California Highway Patrol initially reported the women were from West Linn. A Clark County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed Wednesday the women were living in Woodland at the time of the crash. 

Deputies said the women had three additional adopted children and there is concern they may have also been thrown from the car during the crash. A search operation is underway for the other three children. 

Deputies recently visited the couple's Woodland home on a Child Protective Services referral for a welfare check on the children, according to a Clark County Sheriff's Office spokesman. No details were immediately released on the request or result of that check. 

Investigators said drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.  

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