A motorist, whose vehicle went 40 feet over the side of a road, was seriously injured in an unincorporated area south of Palm Desert, authorities said Saturday.

The crash was reported at 9:35 p.m. Friday on Highway 74 near mile post 89, said Tawny Cabral of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was freed from the wreckage and taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, Cabral said.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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