Serious Accident Near Arcata Saturday

UPDATES below the original story:

Original story: According to CHP dispatch reports, a serious accident occurred around 6:38 a.m. just south of Arcata. Information is incomplete at this time but the CHP report indicates that one vehicle got in an accident southbound on Hwy 101 just north of G Street. Scanner traffic indicates a second traffic collision happened on the northbound side.

CHP dispatch indicates that a person was ejected from one of the vehicles.

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UPDATE 9 a.m.: RB’s Oliver Cory reports from the scene: He confirms that there have been two separate accidents. He spoke to Neal Narayan of Arcata Fire Protection District who told him,  “We don’t know what’s going on with the patient at this point.” A press release was promised in the next couple of hours.

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Tow truck loaded with one of the vehicles from the accidents


Car at the scene of the accident


Officer collecting evidence.


Another view of the truck.


UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol.

On March 21, 2015, at 6:39 a.m., a solo male driver, age 30, of Eureka was driving a 1989 Chevrolet southbound on US-101, south of Samoa Boulevard, when he lost control and collided with the center divider.  The Chevrolet traveled over the double center divider guardrails and came to rest in the #1 northbound lane.  After the Chevrolet came to rest, the male driver exited the driver seat and was standing in close proximity to the Chevrolet.


At 6:40 a.m., 30 year old Crystal Marie Sanders of Fortuna was driving a 2000 Toyota northbound on US-101 in the #1 lane, and struck the Chevrolet / male driver.  This second collision resulted in major injuries to the male driver and minor injuries to Ms. Sanders.  The male driver, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, was transported by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.  The causes of both collisions remain under investigation.

The California Highway Patrol – Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation.  Personnel from the Arcata Police Department, the Arcata Fire Protection District, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, and the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) also responded to the scene.


As a result of this collision, various lane closures were in effect on both sides of US-101 for approximately 4 hours.



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