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Man killed in collapse of bluff at Torrey Pines

August 21, 2008|Tony Perry | Times Staff Writer

A 57-year-old man suffered fatal head injuries Wednesday when a portion of the bluff at Torrey Pines State Beach collapsed, police said.

The Las Vegas resident was playing Frisbee with his brother and nephew about 1 p.m. He sat down near the bluff to change his shoes, when rocks the size of basketballs came cascading down, officials said.

No one else was injured, but state lifeguards immediately closed the beach. A state geologist went to the site to determine whether other collapses might follow. The collapse covered the beach with three to five cubic yards of rock.

The man, whose identity was not released, was partially covered by debris but did not immediately lose consciousness, officials said. He was pronounced dead en route to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The beach is north of the city's Black's Beach, which has a history of collapses. The city has posted signs warning of the danger of collapses.

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tony.perry@latimes.com

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