The driver in the single-vehicle accident that occurred at Highway 101 and San Anselmo Road earlier this afternoon has been identified as 54-year-old Melissa Diane Goodkin, of Templeton. Goodkin was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Goodkin sustained major injuries including broken legs when her 2007 Chevrolet Silverado traveled up the embankment of the San Anselmo ramp, became airborne and slammed into the San Anselmo bridge before rolling back down the embankment and coming to rest in the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
Goodkin was pinned inside the vehicle and was aided by good samaritans before being extricated by firefighters and transported to a local hospital.
Drugs and alcohol and not suspected to have played a factor in the accident, but the case is still under investigation.
ATASCADERO — What appeared to be a single-vehicle accident closed the northbound lanes of Highway 101 at the San Anselmo ramp in Atascadero at approximately 3:30 p.m. The vehicle appeared to be a large, grey 4x4 pick-up truck.
Several agencies responded to the accident that left debris scattered all over the area. A trail of destruction leading from the top of the San Anselmo bridge down to the highway gave the impression that the vehicle slide or rolled down the embankment, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Traffic was being diverted off of Highway 101 and over the San Anselmo ramp. As of 4:30 p.m. traffic was still backed up on northbound 101 and heavy on northbound El Camino Real through Atascadero.
No information on the identify of the driver or the identity or number of passengers has been released.
We will update this story when any further details become available.