The driver of a big rig fell asleep at the wheel early Wednesday morning and ran off Highway 101 just north of Novato, according to the California Highway Patrol.
There were no injuries and the truck stayed upright as it plowed through a fence and into Silveira Ranch land on the east side of 101, just north of the Redwood Landfill, according to CHP officer Patrick Roth. The truck stopped about 50 yards from the highway.
"He was lucky. There are lot of trees in that area," Roth said.
The CHP received a report of a swerving driver near Atherton Avenue at 12:18 a.m. but found that the crash was several miles north of the Atherton exit. The truck was off the right-hand shoulder and the wreck briefly caused delays in the area, according to the CHP report.
The rig had one blown-out tire from the off-road excursion.
— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.