Two Receive Major Injuries in Accident Near Orick

Press release from the California Hwy Patrol:

chpstarOn the evening of Monday, August 17, two occupants sustained major injuries after a 3-axle semi-truck traveling northbound on US-101, north of Orick, collided into a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

At approximately 5:20 p.m., 57 year old William Oda Hall of Coos Bay, Oregon, was driving a 2013 Kenworth 3-axle semi-truck northbound on US-101, north of Davison Road, within the posted speed limit.  20 year old John Henry Drexler, V of Cupertino, California, was driving a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser while stopped in a private driveway adjacent US-101.  Drexler drove the Toyota from the driveway into the northbound lane of US-101, directly into the path of the Kenworth, and stopped.  The front of the Kenworth collided into the driver’s side of the Toyota, causing the Toyota to skid off the west edge of US-101 and down a steep embankment, where it came to rest on its passenger side.  Drexler and his right front passenger, 19 year old Christiana Bridges of Morgan Hill, California, were transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital with major injuries.  Bridges was then transported by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Redding in critical condition.  Hall was uninjured.

All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision and DUI is not believed to be a factor.  The CHP Humboldt Area office is investigating this traffic collision.



  • I’m going out on a limb here but my guess is the people in the Toyota were looking at some elk instead of the road. I drive that stretch often and have had to slam on my brakes many times to avoid collisions.

  • Considering they got T-boned and went off a cliff, I think that the FJ did a good job in the fact that they’re alive.

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