PLEASANTON (CBS SF) — A mother was killed while riding in a car driven by her 22-year-old son when the car flew off a railroad overcrossing and crashed into a hillside Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on westbound Interstate 580 at 3:03 p.m. when the 2012 Ford was crossing the Stonecut Union Pacific Railroad overcrossing near Livermore and veered off the right of the road.

The speed of the car launched it 157 feet from the hillside where it left the road and over the railroad tracks, landing on the opposite hillside. It rolled back onto its roof.

The driver was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with major injuries, the CHP said.

His mother, identified by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau as 57-year-old Wanda Pelillo of Pleasanton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The CHP has not yet determined what caused the car to leave the road.

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