[Update 8:30 p.m.: Four Injured] Nasty Accident on 101 in McKinleyville Area
Arcata Fire’s twitter page is alerting us to a traffic collision on Highway 101 near School road. We’ll update this post when we have more information.
Arcata Fire District is at the scene of a vehicle accident on HWY 101 near School Rd. Please drive careful. pic.twitter.com/Hm2CyWT8vs
— Arcata Fire District (@ArcataFire) October 6, 2015
Update 4:20 p.m.: Press release from Arcata Fire:
(McKinleyville, CA) – October 6, 2015 – At approximately 2:30 p.m. Arcata Fire District responded to a two vehicle accident on north bound Highway 101 south of School Road. The first engine arrived on scene and reported two vehicles involved with one off the roadway and another on the shoulder on fire. They also reported there were four injured patients with one pinned in the car.
The first engine on scene with a two-person crew was faced with a vehicle fire, four patients and extrication. Addition resources from Arcata Fire District as well as Humboldt Bay Fire (HBF) and Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department (BLVFD) were requested. All Arcata Fire District resources were committed to this incident; therefore, HBF and BLVFD assisted with coverage in the Arcata Fire District. “The ability to have automatic aid from neighboring agencies is a huge benefit in situations like this,” said Fire Chief Desmond Cowan.
At the time of this press release, the condition of the four patients and the cause of the accident is unknown. California Highway Patrol is investigating.
Update 8:30 p.m.: Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On October 6, 2015 at approximately 1412 hours, Nichole Moritz was driving a Ford Mustang on southbound US-101 south of School Road, in the #1 lane directly to the rear of an unknown party who was driving an unknown black sport utility vehicle. Kathleen Via was driving a Honda Accord on southbound US-101 in the #2 lane, immediately to the right of the sport utility vehicle. The sport utility vehicle made a lane change to the right directly into the lane of the Honda. The driver of the Honda took evasive action to avoid a collision and lost control of her vehicle as it began to travel into the #1 lane into the path of the Ford. The driver of the Ford took evasive action and lost control of her vehicle. The Ford traveled across center median and into the northbound lanes. Alyssa Joel was driving a Honda CRV northbound on US-101 and was unable to avoid a collision with the oncoming Ford. All occupants of the Ford as well as Joel were transported to Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata. The cause of this collision remains under investigation, however members of the public who may have witnessed this collision are requested to call the CHP at (707) 822-5981 (business hours) or (707) 268-2000 (after hours or weekends).
The California Highway Patrol – Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Personnel from the Arcata Fire District, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance also responded to the scene.