A Sonoma County woman was killed and her three male passengers from Petaluma were seriously injured when her pickup overturned off northbound Highway 101 near the county line early Wednesday morning, tumbling over an embankment into a deep ditch off the road, the CHP said.
The three injured passengers were identified as Davinder Singh, 21; Charan Singh, 29; and Gaurav Saxena, 31, all of Petaluma. The CHP and Marin County Coroner's Office did not release the identity of the driver.
The incident occurred just south of the Sonoma-Marin county line, where a cattle crossing built under the highway creates a substantial drop, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. The Toyota truck landed on its wheels after it rolled over, he said.
A passenger in the car called for help at 2:15 a.m. but was unable to say where the truck had gone off the highway, launching a 20-minute search along a stretch of road between Novato and Petaluma by CHP officers from Sonoma and Marin counties, Marin County sheriff's deputies and Novato fire personnel, authorities said.
The vehicle's location in the ditch made it difficult to see, even with spotlights, except from the edge of the highway, Barclay said.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.
Davinder Singh suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition Wednesday afternoon, the CHP said.
The other passengers were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries, but also were listed in stable condition, authorities said.
Investigation of the crash and removal of the pickup closed the right lane of northbound Highway 101 until just after 6 a.m., the CHP said.