This afternoon California Highway Patrol, Hopland Fire, and Cloverdale responded to reports of a vehicle spotted hundreds of feet down an embankment abutting the southbound lane of Highway 101 near Frog Woman Rock.
The vehicle, appearing to be a white truck, came to rest tangled in the foliage along the Russian River. Skid marks were visible on the pavement above the area where the truck came to rest.
California Highway Patrol’s Public Information Officer Olegario Marin told us after the vehicle was located, authorities commenced a search out of concern the occupant might have been ejected during the crash.
The engine was cold and it was unclear how long the vehicle had been next to the river, Officer Marin told us.
Hopland Fire Chief Mitch Franklin said swift water rescue personnel were deployed to search the Russian River for any sign of the occupant but did not locate anything related to the incident.
CHP’s Officer Marin told us follow-up investigations are ongoing to determine what became of the vehicle’s occupant.