This article is based on initial reports and will get updated as the situation evolves.
According to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page, a fatal crash occurred involving a single vehicle near the intersection of Highway 20 and Marina Dr at approximately 5:12 am.
Incident Information indicates that Highway 20’s westbound lane is close by emergency vehicles as responders attempt to extricate the vehicle located approximately 20 feet off the roadway.
UPDATE: 10:50 am
An update via a press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On Monday, August 31, at approximately 5:12 am, a Mercury Mariner, driven by a solo male occupant, was traveling westbound on State Route 20 just west of Marina Drive at an unknown speed. The driver let the Mercury veer into the right shoulder of SR-20. The Mercury left the roadway and continued in a northwesterly direction until it collided with a steep dirt embankment.The driver of the Mercury succumbed to his injuries on the scene. The deceased driver of the Mercury was transported from the scene by Eversole Mortuary. The death investigation is being handled by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.The name of the deceased will be released by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, pending the notification of the deceased family.