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Woman Ejected, Killed in Thousand Palms Crash

The crash on Thousand Palms Canyon Road, near East Ramon Road, was reported at 9:17 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

This article was updated at 2:38 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012 to include information.

A vehicle went off the road in Thousand Palms Tuesday, overturning and ejecting the driver -- she died at the scene -- but three children traveling in the vehicle were uninjured, the CHP reported.

The crash on Thousand Palms Canyon Road, near East Ramon Road, was reported at 9:17 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol incident log.

The woman was driving an SUV south on Thousand Palms, north of Ramon Road, when the crash occurred, according to CHP Officer Joe Zagorsky.

She was traveling with three small children -- all of them properly restrained in car seats -- Zagorsky said.

The children were taken to local hospital for examination but appeared to be uninjured, the officer told Patch.

Riverside County sheriff's deputies went to the scene to help the CHP turn traffic around on Ramon or Washington roads to Thousand Palms Canyon Road, the incident log read.

The Riverside County Coroner sent an investigator to the scene.

"That road is infamous because people don't heed the speed signs," CHP Officer Donavan Rice said.

People tend to overcorrect when vehicle wheels slide on sand, he added.

The cause of the crash was under investigation but drugs or alcohol were not suspected as factors in the accident, Zagorsky said.

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