A vehicle plunged about 200 feet off the side of the road while traveling on Highway 74 near the town of Pinyon Crest Wednesday, leaving at least one person dead, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash was reported at 8:57 a.m. near Bighorn Drive, about eight miles south of Bighorn Golf Club. CHP officers indicated the crash may have had something to do with an assault with a deadly weapon, and called sheriff’s deputies to the scene.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department sent a tweet at 9:30 a.m. asking residents to keep away from mile marker 86, adding that there was “no suspect outstanding.”

“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” the department tweeted at 10:16 a.m., “there’s no current threat to the public.”

Westbound vehicle traffic is being stopped at the base of the mountain near Bighorn Golf Club, and Caltrans reports eastbound traffic is closed at Avenida Elenita near Mountain Center.

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