Santa Clara Co: Passenger killed in rollover crash

(BCN)

A 51-year-old man was killed Thursday when the driver of a Jeep lost control and the vehicle overturned, starting a grass fire in southeastern Santa Clara County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident was reported at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Ranch, a private ranch at 7625 Felipe Road in a rural section of the county east of U.S. Highway 101, CHP officials said.

The victim, a San Jose man whose name was not yet being released, was wearing a seat belt in the front passenger seat of the Jeep CJ-5 during the accident, according to the CHP.

The driver lost control of the Jeep because of an apparent mechanical failure and the vehicle rolled over, CHP officials said.

The driver and two other passengers in the back seat were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle, but suffered only minor injuries, according to the CHP.

After the collision, the vehicle burst into flames and started a grass fire that grew to between 5 and 8 acres until Cal Fire firefighters were able to put it out, CHP officials said.

The accident remains under investigation and alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, according to the CHP.

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