Accident on 299 Sent Four to Hospital, One With Major Injuries

According to the California Highway Patrol, a family of four from Eureka was involved in a serious accident on Hwy 299.

The following is a press release from the California Highway Patrol:



On June 1, 2015, at approximately 1820 hours, Robert Hirsch was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition on SR-299 eastbound near milepost 31.33. The Ford was traveling at approximately 55 MPH on a wet roadway where the advised speed for a curve is 35 miles per hour. Hirsch applied the brakes in the curve, slid across both westbound lanes, and collided with the north guardrail. The Ford continued through the guardrail and then collided with a tree. The Ford came to rest approximately 15 feet over the embankment on its wheels. All four occupants were properly restrained at the time of the collision, and DUI is not believed to be a factor. Three of the occupants sustained minor injuries. One occupant sustained major injuries. All occupants were transported by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital.

The California Highway Patrol – Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. The California Highway Patrol would like to thank the services provided at the scene by the Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Hoopa Ambulance, U.S. Forest Service, and the Eureka Police Department.



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