Three dead in dunes accidents

Three people were killed in separate off-road vehicle accidents at the Imperial Sand Dunes over the weekend, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

At least one of the deaths occurred at Glamis, where a 37-year-old woman driving an all terrain vehicle was killed when she ran head on into a motorcycle.

Three other people were paralyzed from the chest down. Two others were air transferred to San Diego in critical condition with brain injuries. One of them, a man, later died, according to Trost.

The names of the deceased and details about the accidents were not available this morning.

Roxie Trost, a spokeswoman for the BLM in El Centro, estimated approximately 30,000 people were at the dunes, located about 20 miles west of Yuma, this weekend.

"Halloween has become more popular in the last two years," Trost said.

Lack of visibility and high speed are factors in most collisions at the dunes, Trost said.

"They just can't judge what each other will do," she said. "Sometimes they see each other at the last second and both react in the same way and collide."

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